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In her daring first novel, the youngest Brontë sister drew upon her own experiences to tell the unvarnished truth about life as a governess. Like Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte was a young middle-class Victorian lady whose family fortunes had faltered. Like so many other unmarried women of the 19th century, Bronte accepted the only "respectable" employment available - and entered a world of hardship, humiliation, and loneliness. Written with a realism that shocked critics, this biting social commentary offers a sympathetic portrait of Agnes and a moving indictment of her brutish and haughty employers.

Separated from her family and friends by many miles, paid little more than subsistence wages, Agnes stands alone - both in society at large and in a household where she is neither family member nor servant.

Agnes Grey remains a landmark in the literature of social history. In addition to its challenge to the era's chauvinism and materialism, it features a first-person narrative that offers a rare opportunity to hear the voice of a Victorian working woman.

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Unexpected love for this Novel

I decided in my late 30's to start reading classic English Literature. I wasn't a fan of reading as a student nor while I was in my 20's .
I say this is a hidden jewel, underrated novel.
I absolutely loved it. I read it and just now finished listening to it. I love the character Agnes Grey.

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I loved it!

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Great story, not difficult to get into! Narrator did a great job!

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Excellent reader! A classic story for the ages.

First, the reader: Virginia Leishman delivers an excellent performance. Her crisp English voice and her clear delivery make the listening a pleasure to the ear.

Second, the novel: Though a romance in the main, Anne Bronte gives to the patient and attentive listener an idea of English society and customs near the halfway mark of the nineteenth century.

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Agnes Grey

I love all of the writings of the Brontes & found this selection a pure delight.
This was the second time I read it and it was as enjoyable even the second time around!

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Great book!

I am ashamed to say that I didn't expect much of this book. How wrong I was! This story would make a great movie too.