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Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë, Hilda Marsden, Robert Inglesfield
Agnes Grey
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Anne Brontë's first novel, Agnes Grey, combines an astute dissection of middle-class social behavior and class attitudes with a wonderful study of Victorian responses to young children which has parallels with debates about education that continue to this day. In writing the novel, Brontë drew on... show more
Anne Brontë's first novel, Agnes Grey, combines an astute dissection of middle-class social behavior and class attitudes with a wonderful study of Victorian responses to young children which has parallels with debates about education that continue to this day. In writing the novel, Brontë drew on her own experiences, and one can trace in the work many of the trials of the Victorian governess, often stranded far from home, and treated with little respect by her employers, yet expected to control and educate her young charges. Agnes Grey looks at childhood from nursery to adolescence, and it also charts the frustrations of romantic love, as Agnes starts to nurse warmer feelings towards the local curate, Mr. Weston. Sally Shuttleworth's fascinating introduction considers the book's fictional and narrative qualities, its relationship with Victorian child-rearing and the responsibilities of parents, and the changing attitudes to the book influenced by modern concerns for children's rights. The new edition includes a revised and updated bibliography as well as revised notes drawing on the latest critical material.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780199296989 (0199296987)
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 193
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
4.0 Juxtaposing of Characters: "Agnes Grey" by Anne Brontë
(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 “Wuthering Heights.” What a wonderful surprise. Anne had me at "...she would rather live in a cottag...
fromfirstpagetolast
fromfirstpagetolast rated it
I have an affinity with the Bronte sisters, though I wouldn’t be able to begin to say why. I adore Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, but I have never read any of the other books produced by the siblings. Why, I could not begin to say. I even live and work in the same county that they lived and died in. ...
A Man With A Spooky Agenda
A Man With A Spooky Agenda rated it
5.0 Agnes Grey
Countering all of the romanticism of the position popularized by her sister, and showing the quiet humiliation faced by the marginalized figures in other works, 'Agnes Grey' reveals the true lot of the governess. Agnes is a bright woman who is eager to do her part to support her family after they fa...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it
4.0
I really enjoyed this book. Similar in style to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, the book tells of Agnes Grey's journey into adulthood, specifically her struggles as a governess. Beautifully-written, this book was a very good read. I really enjoyed Bronte's imagery. It is heavy on the religious tones, ...
Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog
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3.0 Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte
This is Anne's first novel and it's a lesser work than the subsequent Tenant of Wildfell Hall but it shows some similarities; it is most powerful when tackling social issues of autobiographical concern to the author; the protagonist is a bit self-righteous; it never suffers the dullness that afflict...
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