Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey

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  • Lindsay Sullivan (University of Wales, Cardiff)

Agnes Grey tells the story of the eponymous heroine's experiences working as a governess for the Bloomfield and Murray families and can be compared with other novels that are concerned with governesses, such as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847), William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair (1847-8), Harriet Martineau's Deerbrook (1839) and Mrs Henry Wood's East Lynne (1861). It is assumed that in its writing Anne Brontë drew on her own experiences as a governess at Blake Hall and Thorp Green Hall. The novel was written in the winter and spring of 1845-6 (whilst Emily worked on Wuthering Heights and Charlotte worked on The Professor) but proved hard to place with a publisher, and it was o…

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Sullivan, Lindsay. "Agnes Grey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 April 2004
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]