Agnes Grey

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 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.

Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780191612565
0191612561
0199296987
9780199296989
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxviii, 193 p.)

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blue_manatee_181
Oct 29, 2017

This is an very nice book. I read Jane Eyre a little while before this one, and I'd say it's better. But although this isn't one of my favorites, I still liked it and I would recommend it any day. Overall, I'd say it's not completely amazing, but definitely not bad, either.

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laurakgrimm
Jul 05, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It had suspense, romance and told a story about a girl who wasn't poor but wasn't rich either. Even though Anne isn't as famous as her sisters, I think she should be better known for her wonderful works.

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tinybookworm
Jan 27, 2011

loved this book!!!! one of my all time favourites.

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Truffs
Jan 17, 2011

Interesting view of the life and times of anne Bronte as experienced by her.

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kalio
Jul 06, 2010

Her sister?s novel about the life of a governess hit bookshelves only a few months before her own, but Anne Brontë put pen to paper on Agnes Grey long before Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre. Timing and the whims of the critics dictated that Jane was better remembered than Agnes and Charlotte better remembered than Anne (though it didn?t help that Anne died at the tender age of twenty-nine). But Agnes Grey has never been allowed to fade completely into the background. The heroine is a sheltered young woman in the bosom of a poor but loving family. To help with the finances and assert her own independence, she becomes governess for the Bloomfields. Agnes has hopes of a kind, motherly mistress and sweet, obedient charges. What she gets is the precise opposite?and she is completely unprepared for the unruly, obstinate, and even violent behavior of the children. Fed up, Agnes moves on to the upper-class Murray family. The children are older and better behaved, but their governess is more a thing than a person to them, and sixteen-year-old Miss Murray?s coquettish flirting with any and every man in sight is especially distressing. Anyone who has ever had the care of children (even well-behaved children) will instantly sympathize with Miss Grey, become completely invested in Agnes? struggles, and hope desperately for her rescue. Anne Brontë?s aim in writing Agnes Grey was to expose the plight of the governess of her day. It was a goal she accomplished with depth and purpose and the novel still serves as an important portrait of its times?not to mention a fine and elegant story.

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