Agnes Grey: Original and Unabridged

Agnes Grey: Original and Unabridged

by Anne Bront
     
 

This edition contains the original and unabridged text of Agnes Grey, the debut novel of English author Anne Brontë, which was first published in December 1847.

Agnes Grey, a governess, works for several bourgeois families. The choice of central character allows Anne Brontë to deal with issues of oppression and abuse of

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This edition contains the original and unabridged text of Agnes Grey, the debut novel of English author Anne Brontë, which was first published in December 1847.

Agnes Grey, a governess, works for several bourgeois families. The choice of central character allows Anne Brontë to deal with issues of oppression and abuse of women and governesses, isolation and ideas of empathy. Agnes Grey also mimics some of the stylistic approaches of bildungsromans, employing ideas of personal growth and coming to age, but representing a character who in fact does not gain in virtue.

Scholarship and comments by Anne's sister Charlotte Brontë suggest the novel is largely based on Anne Brontë's own experiences as a governess for five years. Like her sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre, it addresses what the precarious position of governess entailed and how it affected a young woman.

The Irish novelist George Moore praised Agnes Grey as "the most perfect prose narrative in English letters," and went so far as to compare Anne's prose to that of Jane Austen. Modern critics have made more subdued claims admiring Agnes Grey with a less overt praise of Brontë's work than Moore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781499590197
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/16/2014
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Brontë (17 January 1820 - 28 May 1849) was a British novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family.

The daughter of a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England, Anne Brontë lived most of her life with her family at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. For a couple of years she went to a boarding school. At the age of 19 she left Haworth and worked as a governess between 1839 and 1845. After leaving her teaching position, she fulfilled her literary ambitions. She wrote a volume of poetry with her sisters (Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, 1846) and two novels. Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess, was published in 1847. Her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels, appeared in 1848. Anne's life was cut short when she died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 29.

Mainly because the re-publication of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was prevented by Charlotte Brontë after Anne's death, she is less known than her sisters Charlotte, author of four novels including Jane Eyre, and Emily, author of Wuthering Heights. However her novels, like those of her sisters, have become classics of English literature.

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