Black Beauty


Author: Anna Sewell

9781853261091 | PB | pp. 201 | 1993 | Wordsworth Editions

Black Beauty was the only novel written by English author Anna Sewell to give an insight about the exploitation of horses by the cabdrivers in London.

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The book was initially written to promote kindness and love in the treatment of horses and went on to become one of the best-selling books for children. With more than 50 million copies sold, the novel is teaching animal welfare to its readers till date. The autobiographical account of a magnificent and handsome horse named Black Beauty, the book tells the untold tale of a horse. The description of the different phases of its life from being a well-bred colt to an old horse remarkably told in its own words. The story describes the first-hand experiences of Black Beauty with a multitude of owners some great and some ghastly contributing to the good times it encountered, the difficulties it faced and its return to its birthplace. Filled with compassion and humanity, Black Beauty is an exceptionally beautiful story where you will find human emotions coming alive in the world of horses.

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About the Author

Anna Sewell was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic 1877 novel Black Beauty. Sewell’s only published work was Black Beauty, written in the period between 1871 and 1877, after she had moved to Old Catton, a village outside the city of Norwich in Norfolk. During this time her health was declining. She was often so weak that she was confined to her bed and writing was a challenge. She dictated the text to her mother and from 1876 began to write on slips of paper which her mother then transcribed. Sewell sold the novel to local publisher Jarrolds on 24 November 1877, when she was 57 years of age. Although it is now considered a children’s classic, she originally wrote it for those who worked with horses. She said “a special aim was to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses”.


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