Dive deep into William Dean Howells’ Editha with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Editha has ratings and 33 reviews. Grace the Book Queen said: I did not like this story. I get what it’s trying to say and what it’s trying to do, bu. “Editha” is essentially about a women, named Editha, who attempts to pressure her It was not uncommon for William Dean Howells to express his opinions on .

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That was not a woman’s part. Didn’t you think he acted curious?

William Dean Howells’ “Editha,” Richard Lovelace, and Shakespeare

Howells’ critique of romanticism shares certain parallels with the masterpiece of American realist fiction, Twain’s Huck Finn, chiefly the movement from romantic perception to horrifying, darkly satiric realism and back again.

I wish I had some ice-water. The story ediitha first published in Harper’s Monthly Jan. I had been through one war before.

She kissed him back intensely, but irrelevantly, as to their passion, and uttered from deep in her throat. There were not many letters from him, but they were such as she could have wished, and she put her whole strength into making howellw such as she imagined he could have wished, glorifying and supporting him.

Jun 05, Carol Ann Hoyt rated it it was ok. In her room, she put together all her letters and gifts from Gearson, down to the withered petals of the first flower he had offered, with that timidity of his veiled in that irony of his.

Gearson repeated, in a voice which was startlingly like George’s again. If anything happens to me–“. I should hate that, wherever I happened to be. His novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur of the paint business. It’s also a good piece to analyze regarding roles of men and women as soldiers, wives, and mothers during wartime at the time, which, arguably, editya a fine piece to critique from a feminist perspective.

I wouldn’t lose any howells over it. They strained each other in embraces that seemed as ineffective as their words, and he kissed her face with quick, hot breaths that were so unlike him, that howell her feel as if she had lost her old lover and found a stranger in his place. Open-minded woman skulks in shame until an artist painting her refers to hoewlls beau’s mother as vulgar; only then is she liberated enough to freely be pretty and open-minded and, for whatever ill-conceived reasons unbeknownst to me, the epitome of patriotism.


Editha bugs the hell out of me. He went away without kissing her, and she felt it a suspension of their engagement. Now perhaps the miracle was already wrought in him. This story is utterly brilliant. Her father went with her on the long railroad journey from northern New York to western Iowa; he had business out at Davenport, and he said he could just as well go then as any other time; and he went with her to the little country town where George’s mother lived in a little house on the edge of the illimitable cornfields, under trees pushed to a top of the rolling prairie.

Gearson came again next afternoon, looking pale and rather sick, but quite himself, even to his languid irony. Howell don’t believe he was glad to die. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. But you wish me to believe so, too? Return to Edita Page. Open-minded woman feels a little bad when lawyer beau is on howella Stereotypical sugar-coated romance. She could not accept for her country or herself a forced sacrifice. He drank goblet after goblet of the ice-water without noticing who was giving it, and kept on talking, and laughing through his talk wildly.

Then he went inside the car to read it, doubtless, and she did not see him again. Her mother said, “Oh, my! He released his hand and drank the rest of his lemonade, and she added, “Have mine, too,” but he shook his head in answering, “I’ve no business to think so, unless I act so, too.

howwells Besides, she felt, more subliminally, that he was never so near slipping through her fingers as when he took that meek way. In the exaltation of the duty laid upon her–it buoyed her up instead of burdening her–she rapidly recovered.

She did not see, though, why she should always be thinking of the arm his father had lost.

She ran down to meet her lover and clung to him. George’s father had settled there after the Dditha War, as so many other old soldiers had done; but they were Eastern people, and Editha fancied touches of the East in the June rose overhanging the front door, and the garden with early edktha flowers stretching from the gate of the paling fence.


If with an empty sleeve, then he should have three arms instead of two, for both of hers should be his for life. Seriously, sweetheart, what the hell daring acts of patriotism have you done to make you Uncle Sam’s 1 Niece? I’m in for the thing now, and we’ve got to face our future. She had decided that she could not let him stay, when she saw him at the end of the still leafless avenue, making slowly up towards the house, with his head down and his figure relaxed.

American Literature: Themes and Ideas: William Dean Howells “Editha”

But now, it flashed upon her, if he could do something worthy to have won her–be a hero, her hero–it would be even better than if he had done it before asking her; it would be grander. I haven’t the conviction or the ambition, and the other thing is howellz it comes to with me. Noting the “documentary” and truthful value of Howells’ work, Henry James wrote: He was very nearly perfect as he was, and he must be allowed to perfect himself.

It’s all for the country! It had come to that confidence which is rather apt to grow between artist and sitter, and Editha had howellss her everything. I enjoyed the howellz but loving relationship between her and George, but I think she’s probably one of the only women who will happily and willingly let her beloved go to war, and loved him more for going to war as it showed his patriotism and loyalty to their country.

I kind of like itit was not bad. Gearson was not well enough to write herself, and thanking her for her letter by the hand howeols someone who called herself “Yrs truly, Mrs. Balcom remained to reproach her husband.

You belong to your country, and you have a sacred charge to keep yourself strong and well for your country’s sake. I can’t understand such people, for my part. It is perhaps in this role that he had his greatest influence. Howelos really liked the ‘twist’ at the end.