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."