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Published by Wordsworth Editions Ltd.Ware UK in 1998. This stiff card cover 168 pag copy is in mint condition- part of a private collection being broken up.
About this title-With a specially commissioned Introduction and Notes by Kathryn White, Assistant Curator/Librarian of the Brontë Museum, Haworth, Yorkshire This novel is a trenchant expose of the frequently isolated, intellectually stagnant and emotionally-starved conditions under which many governesses worked in the mid-19th 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.
Review--Published in 1847, Anne Brontë's first novel has a documentary quality, being based on her experiences of working as a governess (at the time the only respectable occupation available to unmarried women of reduced circumstances).

Brontë depicts in detail the isolation inherent in a governess's life, as an educated – but by necessity not too educated – woman trapped in an awkward halfway world between the classes. The governess is not a servant, but nor is she on the same social level as her employers, the very fact of her needing to take a job underlining that division.

Over the course of the novel Agnes serves time with two families: the Bloomfields and the Murrays. The Bloomfield children are hateful creatures, so spoiled and disobedient that Agnes has at times to restrain them physically. The Murrays are a notch up on the social scale and both children somewhat older, but they bring their own particular challenges: one sister is preening, manipulative and deeply self-involved, while the other is prone to playing with a horsewhip and cursing like a stableboy.

Size of book- 130W x 200H x 15D
ISBN 1 85326 216 1
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