Anne Brontë was the youngest of the prolific Brontë family. She published under the pen name Acton Bell. Desiring not to be a financial hardship for her father, Anne sought independence and worked as a governess. She continued to write in her spare time, as she and her two sisters Charlotte and Emily had done since childhood. Her first novel, 'Agnes Grey', was published within a month of Charlotte's novel 'Jane Eyre' and was bound in three volumes with Emily's novel 'Wuthering Heights. '