Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (1820 -1849) is a classic novel based on the life of working as a governess. It is set in the Victorian era and follows the story of Agnes, the daughter of a minister. She finds employment by working as a governess due to her family's financial difficulties. She is faced with challenging issues that young women at the time were met with while working as a governess. The novel was first published in 1847 and republished in 1850. It was considered a reflection of the author's own life experiences while working for five years as a governess.
About the Author:
Anne Bronte (1820-1849) was an English author who wrote the famous classics Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. She was raised with her two sisters Charlotte (author of Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, and The Professor) and Emily (author of Wuthering Heights), Bronte. She was mainly educated at home, studying art and music. Anne and her sisters had a passion for reading and writing, and their father had an extensive collection of English literature at home. Anne spent a short period in boarding school and later worked as a governess. She died at the early age of 29.