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Agnes Grey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Bronte, Anne
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Author Name    Bronte, Anne

Title   Agnes Grey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Binding   PAPERBACK

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Barnes & Noble Classics

ISBN Number    1593083238 / 9781593083236

Seller ID   SKU9134078

1593083238 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners. Trade paperback binding. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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"Agnes Grey," by Anne Bronte, is part of the ""Barnes & Noble Classics" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics"

  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Written when women--and workers generally--had few rights in England, "Agnes Grey" exposes the brutal inequities of the rigid class system in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Agnes comes from a respectable middle-class family, but their financial reverses have forced her to seek work as a governess. Pampered and protected at home, she is unprepared for the harsh reality of a governess's life. At the Bloomfields and later the Murrays, she suffers under the snobbery and sadism of the selfish, self-indulgent upper-class adults and the shrieking insolence of their spoiled children. Worse, the unique social and economic position of a governess--"beneath" her employers but "above" their servants--condemns her to a life of loneliness. Less celebrated than her older sisters Charlotte and Emily, Anne Bronte was also less interested in spinning wildly symbolic, romantic tales and more determined to draw realistic images of conditions in Victorian England that need changing. While Charlotte's "Jane Eyre" features a governess who eventually and improbably marries her employer, "Agnes Grey" deals with the actual experiences of middle-class working women, experiences Anne had herself endured during her hateful tenure as a governess. Fred Schwarzbach serves as Associate Dean and teaches in the General Studies Program of New York University. He is the author of "Dickens and the City," the editor of "Victorian Artists and the City" and "Dickens's American Notes," a contributor to the "Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens," and the author of scores of articles, essays, and reviews on Victorian life and letters.

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