Agnes Grey is the debut book of English author Anne Brontë, first published in December 1847, and republished in a second edition in 1850. The novel follows Agnes Grey, a governess, as she works within families of the English gentry. Scholarship and comments by Anne's sister Charlotte Brontë suggest the novel is largely based on Anne Brontë's own experiences as a governess for five years. Like her sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre, it addresses what the precarious position of governess entailed and how it affected a young woman. This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. It has also been annotated, with additional information about the book and Anne Bronte, including an overview, background, plot summary, characters, themes, reception, analysis, adaptations, and biographical information.