Editha

Narrated by: Donna Barkman
Length: 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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While known primarily as a novelist, Howells' short story Editha (1905) appears in many anthologies of American literature. Editha is a young and very patriotic young landy. Her lover, George, is not quite as enthused about her "my country right or wrong attitude," but she convinces him to join the army to fight a "just" war. The results of this decision are very unexpected and very thought provoking. This is a very powerful story and is more the type of writing one would expect from the Vietnam War era, rather than the end of the Victorian era.
©1905 public domain (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings

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Powerful story

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.

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Critical listening

What made the experience of listening to Editha the most enjoyable?

Audio versus print form.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was available as an audiobook for completion of my University English course assignment.

What does Donna Barkman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emphasis.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I am pleased that selections from Norton's Anthology of Literature are available as audiobooks for completion of University assignments.

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Editha's character makes me sick

Women like Editha need to be single and men like George need to be stronger in their beliefs!