Agnes Grey

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Modern Library, 2003 - Fiction - 206 pages
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Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Agnes cannot anticipate the hardship, humiliation, and loneliness that await her in the brutish Bloomfield and haughty Murray households. Drawn from Anne Brontė’s own experiences, Agnes Grey depicts the harsh conditions and class snobbery that governesses were often forced to endure. As Barbara A. Suess writes in her Introduction, “Brontė provides a portrait of the governess that is as sympathetic as her fictional indictment of the shallow, selfish moneyed class is biting.”

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a realistic & plain love story. - LibraryThing
Agnes Grey lacks character development and plot. - LibraryThing
I had a hard time with Ann Brontes writing style. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed the writing style very much. - LibraryThing
Poor Anne was obviously writing from experience. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - lisa.isselee - LibraryThing

a realistic & plain love story. The main character is normal and there isn't anything extravagant about the whole thing. Which makes this book a very nice read, it's a nice change to all the drama filled romance novels you find today. It was charming & wonderful. Read full review

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User Review  - marthaearly - LibraryThing

Anne seems to be the forgotten Bronte, and while I liked this book as a change of pace from the outright melodramas and romances that Charlotte and Emily wrote, it really wasn't up to snuff with my expectations, I guess. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Barbara A. Suess, assistant professor of English at William Patterson University, is the co-editor of New Approaches to the Literary Art of Anne Brontė and the author of Progress and Identity in the Plays of W. B. Yeats, 1892–1907.

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