[BRONTE Charlotte and Anne]. BELL, Currer. Shirley: et Agnès Grey

(Paris): Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, 1869.  Unidentified edition.  12mo.  Two volumes.  406 and 370 pages.  Early French translations, by  MM. Ch. Romey et A. Rolet, of: Shirley, by Charlotte Brontë, and Agnes Grey, by Anne Brontë. Shirley, A Tale is a social novel by the English novelist Charlotte Brontë, first published in 1849. It was Brontë’s second published novel after Jane Eyre (originally published under Brontë’s pseudonym Currer Bell). The novel is set in Yorkshire in 1811–12, during the industrial depression resulting from the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. The novel is set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry.  The novel’s popularity led to Shirley’s becoming a woman’s name. The title character was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of the novel, Shirley was an uncommon but distinctly male name. Today, it is regarded as a distinctly female name. Agnes Grey, A Novel is the first novel by Anne Brontë (writing under the pen name of “Acton Bell”).  The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works within families of the English gentry and is likely  based on Anne Brontë’s own experiences as a governess for five years.  The volumes are in good condition, heavily foxed, in original blue cloth with gilt title to spine.  Uncommon early edition, with OCLC locating at a single copy, at the Morgan Library, from this date.


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