Agnes Greyby Anne Bronte
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Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Agnes cannot anticipate the hardship, humiliation, and loneliness that await her in the brutish Bloomfield and haughty Murray households. Drawn from Anne Brontë’s own experiences, Agnes Grey depicts the harsh conditions and class snobbery that governesses were often forced to endure. As Barbara A. Suess writes in her Introduction, “Brontë provides a portrait of the governess that is as sympathetic as her fictional indictment of the shallow, selfish moneyed class is biting.”
Meet the Author
Robert Inglesfield is Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick.
Hilda Marsden is a freelance scholar and authority on the Brontës.
Sally Shuttleworth is Head of the Humanities Division and Professor of English at the University of Oxford.
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