This short story, written at the beginning of 20th century, is audacious for its time; the plot revolves around radical ideas of patriotism, country, and female power. Almost documentary in its realism, Dean Howell's story is as powerful as any of his better-known novels. The audiobook edition is narrated by Donna Barkman, whose low, resonant articulation perfectly reflects this rather serious, and deeply thought-provoking audiobook. Inspired by American attitudes toward the Spanish-American war, "Editha" is essential listening for anyone with an interest in history, both global and literary.
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I had never heard of William Dean Howells but the description of the story made it sound interesting. Was it ever! Turned out to be a very powerful story on the horror of war and the danger of blind patriotism. Very well done and well read. It actually had two surprise endings and the final one packed quite an emotional punch.
Audio versus print form.
That it was available as an audiobook for completion of my University English course assignment.
I am pleased that selections from Norton's Anthology of Literature are available as audiobooks for completion of University assignments.
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