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Agnes Grey : World's Classics - Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 10th June 2010
ISBN: 9780199296989
Number Of Pages: 240

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Anne BrontA'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, BrontA 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.


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Agnes Grey is a deep, highly observant and sensitive character hiding behind a cool, calculated exterior. She is ruled by her strong morals and the need to right what she perceives as wrong in others and herself. I found this to be endearing but at times a little too self righteous. A battle between virtue and sin, obligation and passion, this is a fascinating insight into the mind of a governess discovering herself while facing daily challenges and limitations of her profession.

Adelaide S.A.


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ISBN: 9780199296989
ISBN-10: 0199296987
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 10th June 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

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