Agnes Grey

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Modern Library, Apr 8, 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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I had a hard time with Ann Brontes writing style. - LibraryThing
Agnes Grey lacks character development and plot. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed the writing style very much. - LibraryThing
Poor Anne was obviously writing from experience. - LibraryThing

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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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User Review  - Mal - Goodreads

A fine portrayal of 1800's Victorian England and its patriarchal society. Agnes Grey is a woman with unlimited resilience, virtue, surviving the upper class arrogance and communal values of this era ... Read full review

Contents

The Parsonage
3
First Lessons in the Art of Instruction
15
in A Few More Lessons
23
Copyright

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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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