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Agnes Grey : Arcturus Classics - Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey

Arcturus Classics

Paperback Published: 30th June 2010
ISBN: 9781848376083
Number Of Pages: 189

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Anne Bronte was a 19th century British novelist and poet. She and her sisters Charlotte and Emily were the best-known women writers of the 19th century. At age 19 she left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer. Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess.

Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can effect a young woman. Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty. Agnes has only a few choices for employment. Agnes learns the difficulty of reining in spoiled children and how wealth can corrupt morals. She later opens up a school and finds happiness.

About the Author

Anne Brontë was a British novelist and poet, and the youngest member of the Brontë literary family.

Happy Ending


A read this just after reading her sister's Wuthering Heights. At first I thought this was a little light weight but soon realised that despite the cosmetic coating which made it more amenable to readers of her own time it deals with similar issues to other Bronte works. The issue of education is central. We are made aware what it really comprises and how it often more evident in self taught humble peasants eager for the truth than in the most erudite arrogant tempestuous philistines, fops and prima donnas. The second major issue is that of treatment of women and the violence shown by man against his fellow creatures and those of nature under the alleged prescription of the bible. Read and enjoy. Some really humorous scenes as well.

Gold Coast


Surprisingly, I loved it!


I got this book as I am a big fan of Charlotte and Emily and wanted to see what Anne was like. I was surprised at how good it was seeing as no one seems to talk about it! It was almost as if it was written in modern times but set in the past - almost. The language is comparatively modern and much easier to read than any other book I have read from this period. The characters are realistic and it is fast moving for such an old story and I enjoyed it very much.



Agnes Grey

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ISBN: 9781848376083
ISBN-10: 1848376081
Series: Arcturus Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 189
Published: 30th June 2010
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.159
Edition Number: 1

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