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ISBN13: 9780486451213
ISBN10: 0486451216
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In her daring first novel, the youngest Brontand#235; sister drew upon her own experiences to tell the unvarnished truth about life as a governess. Like Agnes Grey, Anne Brontand#235; was a young middle-class Victorian lady whose family fortunes had faltered. Like so many other unmarried women of the nineteenth century, Brontand#235; accepted the only "respectable" employment availableand#8212;and entered a world of hardship, humiliation, and loneliness.

Written with a realism that shocked critics, this biting social commentary offers a sympathetic portrait of Agnes and a moving indictment of her brutish and haughty employers. Separated from her family and friends by many miles, paid little more than subsistence wages, Agnes stands aloneand#8212;both in society at large and in a household where she is neither family member nor servant. Agnes Grey remains a landmark in the literature of social history. In addition to its challenge to the era's chauvinism and materialism, it features a first-person narrative that offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a Victorian working woman.

Dover (2006) unabridged republication of the work originally published by Thomas Cautley Newby, London, 1847. Introductory Note.

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Drawn from Brontand#235;'s own troubled life, this novel exposes the hardships of a governess's world and offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a 19th-century working woman.

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First published in a volume that also contained her sister's Wuthering Heights, Brontë's daring first novel was hailed as "the most perfect prose narrative in English literature" by famed Irish novelist George Moore. Originally quite scandalous and drawing from the author's own troubled life, this biting social commentary exposes the hardships of a governess's life.

Table of Contents

I. The Parsonage

II. First Lessons in the Art of Instruction

III. A Few More Lessons

IV. The Grandmamma

V. The Uncle

VI. The Parsonage Again

VII. Horton Lodge

VIII. The "Coming Out"

IX. The Ball

X. The Church

XI. The Cottagers

XII. The Shower

XIII. The Primroses

XIV. The Rector

XV. The Walk

XVI. The Substitution

XVII. Confessions

XVIII. Mirth and Mourning

XIX. The Letter

XX. The Farewell

XXI. The School

XXII. The Visit

XXIII. The Park

XXIV. The Sands

XXV. Conclusion

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katknit, February 3, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
Less dramatic than her own Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and less read than her more famous sisters' works, Agnes Grey is a straightforward, semi-fictional chronicle of the experiences of a governess in 19th century England. Agnes is the younger daughter of a mother whose wealthy family disowned her for loving marrying an impoverished clergyman. To help ameliorate her family's dire financial condition , Agnes chooses to seek a situation as companion and teacher to the children of wealthier people. Though she understands well how to raise responsible children, their selfish parents undermine her attempts by neglecting yet overindulging them. Treated as underling by her employers, ignored by their servants, and plague by her students, poor Agnes must struggle alone under impossible working conditions, determined to help her own family regardless of the cost to herself. Her story comes to a happy conclusion, but Bronte was not interested in writing about "felicitous" times. Her intention with this book, to reveal some of the injustices of the class system, is achieved by example rather than preaching. Reminiscent of some of Jane Austen's stories, particularly Persuasion, Agnes Grey is a gracefully narrated, unpretentious story told with impressive effect.
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ISBN:
9780486451213
Author:
Bronte, Anne
Publisher:
Dover Publications
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Dover Thrift Editions
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Single women
Subject:
Governesses
Subject:
England
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.34 lb

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Drawn from Brontand#235;'s own troubled life, this novel exposes the hardships of a governess's world and offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a 19th-century working woman.
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First published in a volume that also contained her sister's Wuthering Heights, Brontë's daring first novel was hailed as "the most perfect prose narrative in English literature" by famed Irish novelist George Moore. Originally quite scandalous and drawing from the author's own troubled life, this biting social commentary exposes the hardships of a governess's life.
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