Agnes Grey

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - Fiction - 145 pages
With a specially commissioned Introduction and Notes by Kathryn White, Assistant Curator / Librarian of the Bronte Museum, Haworth, Yorkshire. This novel is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally-starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-19th century. This is a deeply personal novel written from the author's own experience and as such Agnes Grey has a power and poignancy which mark it out as a landmark work of literature dealing with the social and moral evolution of English society during the last century. AUTHOR: Anne Bronte (1820-1849), the sister of Charlotte and Emily, was the youngest of six children and is best known for her novels 'Agnes Grey' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'.
 

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Anne is very under appreciated. I like her more realistic style. The book is told in the first person by Agnes. As a governess Agnes is given no real authority to punish her charges. So of course they feel free to disrespect her. Read full review

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(Original Review, 1981-02-06) I read "Agnes Grey" after a visit to the Mosteiros dos Jerónimos, supposing I ought to try the lesser known sister after reading so much of Charlotte's work and of course ... Read full review

Contents

The Parsonage
3
First Lessons in the An of Instruction
13
in A Few More Lessons
19
1v The Grandmamma
28
The Uncle
35
v11 Norton Lodge
45
vni TheComing Out
57
x1 The Cottagers
67
The Walk
98
xv1 The Substitution
104
xv11 Confessions
107
xv111 Mirth and Mourning
115
xxn The Visit
134
xxin The Park
141
Conclusion
149
APPENDIX
155

x11 The Shower
78
x1v The Rector
87
NOTES
163
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About the author (1994)

Anne Bronte was the daughter of an impoverished clergyman of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. Considered by many critics as the least talented of the Bronte sisters, Anne wrote two novels. Agnes Grey (1847) is the story of a governess, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is a tale of the evils of drink and profligacy. Her acquaintance with the sin and wickedness shown in her novels was so astounding that Charlotte Bronte saw fit to explain in a preface that the source of her sister's knowledge of evil was their brother Branwell's dissolute ways. A habitue of drink and drugs, he finally became an addict. Anne Bronte's other notable work is her Complete Poems. Anne Bronte died in 1849.

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