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Agnes Grey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (original 1847; edition 2005)

by Anne Bronte, Fred Schwarzbach (Introduction)

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Title:Agnes Grey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Authors:Anne Bronte
Other authors:Fred Schwarzbach (Introduction)
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Tags:Fiction, Governess, 19th century, England, Bronte, Classic, Society, Love

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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (1847)

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    Medellia: Both books have sweet, shy, thoroughly virtuous protagonists, if you're a fan of that sort of character. (I am, and loved both novels!)
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a realistic & plain love story. The main character is normal and there isn't anything extravagant about the whole thing. Which makes this book a very nice read, it's a nice change to all the drama filled romance novels you find today.
It was charming & wonderful. ( )
  lisa.isselee | Sep 26, 2014 |
I ended up enjoying this book. At first I thought Agnes was pretty annoying - self-righteous and a little full of herself. But two things changed this for me. One was that I embraced the concept that this was sort of a diary-style book and realized that Agnes was being very honest the whole time with her opinions and observations. I thought about how when I kept a diary in high school how awful a lot of the things I wrote were! When you really think no one's reading something like that all sorts of things come out. Second, as Agnes experiences more of the world, she becomes a better person. So that made the book more enjoyable as you get further in.

Overall, this book was not earth-shattering, but it was enjoyable and I will definitely try The Tenant of Wildfell Hall soon since I've heard it's the better book of Anne Bronte's. ( )
  japaul22 | Aug 7, 2014 |
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. ( )
  marthaearly | Jun 6, 2014 |
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. Great insight into the position of women at this time as well as class distinction not to mention the occupation of governess. Very pleasing and likable read. ( )
  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
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. Great insight into the position of women at this time as well as class distinction not to mention the occupation of governess. Very pleasing and likable read. ( )
  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brontë, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruohtula, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, AnneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suess, Barbara A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Agnes Grey is forced by the poverty ensuing on her father's death to seek work as a governess, the only employment available to middle-class young women of the time. Her humiliating first position lasts only six months, but she is soon employed by the Murray family. Tormented by the coquettish Rosalie and the student tomboy Matilda, she finds her position increasingly lonely and difficult. Only Mr Weston, the poor, plain curate shows any kindness, and Rosalie seems bent on his conquest. Anne Bronte knew only too well what is was to be a governess - "your efforts baffled and set at nought by those beneath you, and unjustly censured by those above". With Agnes Grey she created an impassioned account of a role which stripped so many Victorian women of their dignity. And, reinforcing her insistence on a woman's right to personal freedom, vividly presents the natural landscape as a mirror to her heroine's inner life.
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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' 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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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' 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.… (more)

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