''Agnes Grey'' is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-nineteenth century. This is a deeply personal novel written from the author's own experience and as such ''Agnes Grey'' has a... show more
''Agnes Grey'' is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-nineteenth century. This is a deeply personal novel written from the author's own experience and as such ''Agnes Grey'' has a power and poignancy which mark it out as a landmark work of literature dealing with the social and moral evolution of English society during the last century
Publish date: April 1998
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
(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...
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. ...
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...
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, ...
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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