Agnes Grey

Lindsay Sullivan

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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...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterary Encyclopedia
Subtitle of host publicationEnglish Writing and Culture of the Victorian Period, 1837-1901
EditorsGillian Fenwick, Grace Moore
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Anne Bronte
  • Agnes Grey


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