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Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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  • Series: Everyman's Library (Cloth)
  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library; New edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307957802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307957801
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANNE BRONTË (1820-1849) was the youngest sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë. After working as a governess, she wrote a book of poetry with her sisters and these two novels before dying of tuberculosis at age twenty-nine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous2 on April 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Agnes Grey did not measure up to Emily's or Charlotte's work. It was just too fluffy. Not enough substance. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, however, was every bit up to the level of her sisters' work and I recommend this volume and give it four stars based on the strength of TTOWH.
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I red The Tenant of Wildfell Hall a couple years ago and have some great memories doing it. (Haven't read Agnes Grey, do I am not reviewing on that portion of this purchase). It's not nearly as great as Charlotte's Jane Eyre or Emily's Wuthering Heights, but Anne still manages to make the book quite entertaining. I didn't find it slow going at all. And on a humorous note, if you haven't been married, The Tenant may make you think twice!
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these two novels were an unexpected joy. both were crackling page turners, and for the record, i read them the fastest of all the novels by the bronte sisters. maybe they're not quite so full of 'literary merit' as the others, i don't know. but they're just so much damn fun to read. despite the archaic language to the modern ear, anne somehow manages to involve you constantly in the dilemma of her heroines, in 'agnes grey' the plainest of plain janes, thwarted at every turn from the man she loves, by her rich, charming, beautiful, but vainglorious pupil. in 'tenant of wildfell hall,' a smokingly beautiful woman lies trapped in a loveless marriage, and remains powerless to undo the mistake and remarry when the right man comes along.

interesting. considering the two stories together, wildfell hall almost seems as if the adversary in 'agnes grey', a stunningly beautiful woman who makes an ill chosen match after being swept off her feet, got her part of the story retold from her point of view. clearly the bronte sisters identify with their plain introverted, thoughtful governess heroines, never with such beautiful creatures as helen graham. but perhaps anne is considering it's not just people like herself, not just the plain but inwardly worthy poor governess who deserve god's mercy and the reader's sympathy. perhaps after creating agnes's nemesis rosalie in agnes grey, she bethought herself a bit and chose not to leave her in such a hell. should one mistake in judgement damn a girl for life? perhaps anne realized beautiful foolish women who show incredible lack of judgement choosing a rotten husband, need god's mercy too. of course rosalie has none of the virtues of helen, but the flip around of situation seems to me to be an interesting connection between the two stories.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Frost on March 4, 2013
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Really enjoyed Agnes Grey, the first story in this 2 in 1 book. It was surprisingly funny, especially some of the exchanges between Agnes and Rosalie and Agnes internal thoughts about Rosalie.

I don't understand why Bronte made such a production of hiding the locations in the book. She (or he, at the time) always said it was a work of fiction, why bother to hide the location if nothing in the story is real? For example Bronte writes that her father dies and her mother moves to the seaside town of A_____ to establish a school. Does anyone have a reasonable answer for why she writes it this way?

I'm currently about 3/4 of the way through the second story in the 2 in
1 book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and the confusion continues in the way that she censors some of the (very slightly) coarse language and not other examples of it. In one instance she would write d__n (for damn) and in another she would write damned. What's the difference, why does one need to be censored and not the other? In fact I was surprised to find the use of the word damn (or any of its variations), censored or not, in the book at all. From previous books I've read set in the era (if not written in the era), I got the impression it would be practically illegal for a woman to use any form of swear word, let alone use it in a published novel.

I was surprised recently, when I learned how harsh Charlotte Bronte's criticism of both The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and her sister in general, was, going so far as to prevent The Tenant of Wildfell Hall from being re-published after her death.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Runck on February 10, 2013
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Haven't read it yet. I have gained a renewed interest in Anne Bronte and wanted to read her work again.
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