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Alex Ross's *Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music *was
reviewed in the *New York Times* on Wednesday. Reviewer John Adams writes,
"Both Cather and Woolf had their own "shock of recognition" encounters with
Wagner and wove their responses intricately into their fiction in ways more
cleareyed and less besotted than many of the men. Wagner figures intimately
in Cather's 1915 "The Song of the Lark," about the rise to fame of a
small-town Colorado girl, Thea Kronborg, who, through her natural talent
and resolute ambition, becomes the great Wagnerian soprano of her era. The
trope of humble beginnings, innate gift, self-determination and ultimate
triumph mirrors the composer's own life story."