Agnes Grey

  • Enid L. Duthie


Anne Brontë’s first novel Agnes Grey is basically similar in outlook to her personal poems. In the opinion of a number of critics, it may have been begun during the Thorp Green period. The evidence for this is usually considered to be Anne’s mention, in her birthday note of 1845, of having begun the third volume of “Passages in the Life of an Individual”, which is held to suggest a work of the same type as Agnes Grey. But the identification is not certain, for the same birthday note alludes to the Gondal Chronicles, and the “individual” could be a Gondal character.1 But whether Anne preceded her sisters in beginning the first Brontë novel intended for publication or not, it is certain that Agnes Grey, like Wuthering Heights and The Professor, was completed by July 1846, a year after her final return from Thorp Green.


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  1. 3.
    George Moore, Conversations in Ebury Street (London, 1930) p. 222.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    See Inga-Stina Ewbank, Their Proper Sphere (London, 1966) p. 65.Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    F. B. Pinion, A Brontë Companion (London, 1975) p. 242.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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