Agnes Grey by Anne BronteAgnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey

byAnne Bronte

Paperback | September 8, 2006

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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.
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 acquaintanc...
Title:Agnes GreyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:September 8, 2006Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486451216

ISBN - 13:9780486451213

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating A fascinating look at the lifestyle of a governess, hardship and resilience.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The downside of becoming a governess Just like everyone else, I had my own conception of what being a governess meant and let’s just say that, just like Agnes, I was dumbfounded what how the book addresses the instability, hardship and humiliation that came with this type of employment. Just how precarious a position it was for young women and how it affected them on the short and long term, was not what I expected. It is also a “coming of age” book as we see Agnes grow and lose her illusions about what she considered the perfect situation, learn from her mistakes and become wiser. The book also shows us the other side of the coin, in Miss Rosalie Murray, who is also coming of age, but does not acquire the wisdom for she does not learn from her mistakes. In other words, as a whole the book is well written and showcases two women of about the same age who both come of age but with different social standing. And yet, I do not consider this book to be an essential classic to put on your reading list. Although pretty short (less than 200 pages), it contains length which sometimes made me want to give it up altogether. Moreover, the author focuses on the pains and humiliation of her first character and how she submits to them without fighting back, thinking it is the families right to treat her as such, going on and on about why she can’t stand up to them and how it pains her. I found it gave a “whining” tone to the story and I hated it. For more on this book and many more, visit my blog at:
Date published: 2013-07-07