EDNA MEANS -
Edna Means Purposeful Reader
TO GIVE a program with a purpose is the work of Edna Means, reader. While entertaining her audiences, she seeks also to leave behind a message of helpfulness and worthwhileness. Miss Means believes that no one has a right to take up an hour or more of the time of any audience, unless one can leave behind in repayment something of genuine helpfulness and real value.
From the Passing Crowd is the title Miss Means has given the group of readings composing her program. These readings are bound together with fitting introductions. The stories told and the characters depicted are taken from real life and human experiences—in fact, Miss Means' characters are such as you pass every day on the street. The stories are those you read in the faces and actions of those you come in contact with every day—stories that entertain, amuse, and inspire, and make you want to be a better neighbor and citizen.
Laughs and Tears
No one will ever forget the 'Whistling Boy' nor the farmer who would go back to the farm, the vagaries and winsomeness of the Dutch girl, and the dozens of other characterizations. The audience wept and laughed in quick transition, for it was under an artist's art. Such is the tribute paid Miss Means by a Kansas daily, and typical of hundreds she has received.
As the Des Moines, Iowa, Register says, Miss Means has a wonderful voice, a charming personality, and an unusual mastery of her art. She achieves a sensational success in every appearance.
A Leader in Her Art
Miss Means stands at the very fore of American platform readers. Her sincerity of purpose makes her programs throb with life, and touch and live in human hearts.
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