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.More
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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