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  • Agnes Grey | Anne Brontë

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
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    Drawing on her experiences, Anne Bronte wrote her first novel out of a need to inform her contemporaries about the desperate position of unmarried, educated women driven to take up the only "respectable" career open to them - that of a governess.

    Kerry says: "Loved it"
  • Agnes Grey | Anne Brontë

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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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.

  • Agnes Grey | Anne Brontë

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Rachel Bavidge
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    From its opening sentences Agnes Grey introduces a heroine who is honest, perceptive and charming. Unfortunately, the Bloomfields, who engage her as a governess, are rather less appealing, and the incarnation of the suppressed cruelties and hypocrisies of the Victorian age. When Agnes moves to a marginally less alarming family, one of her charges sets out to disrupt her only romantic hope. Critical, satirical, direct, and honest, Agnes Grey is a fine reflection of its author.

    Lene M. Jaqua says: "Another Bronte author - Anne Bronte"
  • Agnes Grey | Anne Bronte

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Bronte
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Written when she was 26, Agnes Grey is Anne Bronte's first novel. It tells the story of a rector's daughter who has to earn her living as a governess. Drawing directly from her own experiences, Anne Bronte set out to describe the immense pressures that the governess' life involved: the frustration, the isolation, and the insensitive and cruel treatment on the part of employers and their families.

    connie says: "underrated classic"
  • Agnes Grey | Anne Bronte

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Bronte
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
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    Written when women---and workers generally---had few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the rigid class system in mid-19th-century Britain. Agnes comes from a respectable middle-class family, but their financial reverses have forced her to seek work as a governess.

  • Agnes Grey | Anne Bronte

    Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anne Bronte
    • Narrated By Libby Gohn
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    Agnes Grey is the debut novel of English author Anne Bronte (writing under the pen name of Acton Bell), first published in December 1847, and republished in a second edition in 1850. The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works within families of the English gentry. Scholarship and comments by Anne's sister Charlotte Bronte suggest the novel is largely based on Anne Bronte's own experiences as a governess for five years.

  • Agnes Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Bront&
    • Narrated By Rosemary Davis
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    In Victorian times, an unmarried woman of good breeding didn't have much choice of vocation. Agnes Grey, a single woman, becomes a governess because it is one of the few respectable occupations open to her. Ill treated by her employers, she finds that the only person who treats her well is the curate, Mr. Weston.

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