Agnes Grey

Agnes Grey

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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes's enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Bronte's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 133 x 200 x 17mm | 212g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0140432108
  • 9780140432107
  • 93,586

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Agnes Grey is undoubtedtedly a deeply personal novel, in which Anne Bronte views on the 'contemporary' issue of the treatment of governesses, as well as her passionate religious sympathies, find very deliberate expression; but she also touches on issues of moral behaviour, moral responsibility, and individual integrity and its survival.
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"The one story in English literature in which style, characters and subject are in perfect keeping." -George Moore
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"The one story in English literature in which style, characters and subject are in perfect keeping." --George Moore
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About Anne Brontë

Anne Bronte was born in 1820, the youngest of the Bronte family. She was educated at home, and was particularly close to her sister Emily. Her first novel was AGNES GREY, and it was followed by THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL in 1848, written under a pseudonym. She died in 1849.
Angeline Goreau has also written on Aphra Behn. She is a writer whose work appears regularly in the New York Times Book Review.
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