Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

Written by Anna Sewell

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A classic for all horse lovers. From his simple beginnings as a foal in a meadow through the ups and downs of his life including being a riding horse on a country estate and a cab horse on the busy streets of London, Black Beauty tells his own story.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The day of working horses is almost over - but Black Beauty, inspired by its author's concern for their welfare, still serves to remind tender-hearted readers of past cruelties.


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

From his simple beginnings under the shady trees in the meadow, Black Beauty's life takes many twists and turns - from a riding horse on a country estate to a cab horse on the busy streets of London. Over time he has many owners, some of whom treat him cruelly, but throughout it all he keeps his sweet temper and fine spirit.

About the Author

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell was born on March 30th 1820, in Norfolk in England and was crippled while still very young. As such, she spent much time on horse-drawn carriages that allowed her some freedom of movement, and she developed as a result a great concern for the proper treatment of animals. Sewell's mother was a successful writer for children and Sewell spent time editing the texts and becoming acquainted with writing.

Sewell wrote only one book: the famous and enduringly popular Black Beauty (1877). She lived as an invalid for most of her existence, and Black Beauty - the tale of a mistreated horse with a happy ending - was written entirely in the last decade of her life when she was confined to her house. The story came from the horse's mouth, literally, as the horse spoke of extremes of joy and suffering. It was perhaps this humanising of the beast that made it such as success both as a book and as a catalyst for change in people's attitudes towards animals.

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304 pages


Anna Sewell
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

6th March 2008




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