Agnes Grey is the first novel written by Anne Brontë, who at the time wrote under the male pen name, Acton Bell. The story is closely based on Brontë’s own experiences working as a governess, and how it affected her life. Significant themes include issues of oppression, abuse of women, isolation, empathy, and the fair treatment of animals were applied. Agnes Grey is a coming of age story, somewhat following the style of the bildungsroman. The book has been favourably compared to Austen.