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Black Beauty

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
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Black Beauty is a fictional autobiographical memoir told by a horse, who recounts many tales, both of cruelty and kindness. The title page of the first edition states that it was “Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell.” It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she was confined to her house as an invalid. After its publication in 1877, Sewell lived just long enough to see her first and only novel become an immediate bestseller, as well as it encouraging the better treatment of many cruelly-treated animals.

Although initially intended for people who work with horses, it soon became a children’s classic. While outwardly teaching animal welfare, it also contains allegorical lessons about how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect. The story is narrated in the first person and each short chapter relates an incident in Black Beauty’s life, with Sewell’s detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.

Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel, with help.

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BLACK BEAUTY The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell [English Quaker 1820 1878.] [Note: 'Black Beauty' was originally published in 1877. This etext was transcribed from an American edition of 1911. Some small corrections were made, after being confirmed against other sources.] To my dear and honored Mother, whose life, no less than her pen, has been devoted to the welfare of others, this little book is affectionately dedicated. Contents Part I Chapter 01 My Early Home 02 The Hunt 03 My Breaking In 04 Birtwick Park 05 A Fair Start 06 Liberty 07 Ginger 08 Ginger's Story Continued 09 Merrylegs 10 A Talk in the Orchard 11 Plain Speaking 12 A Stormy Day 13 The Devil's Trade Mark 14 James Howard 15 The Old Hostler 16 The Fire 17 John Manly's Talk 18 Going for the Doctor 19 Only Ignorance 20 Joe Green 21... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

March 26, 2014
great book
Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
Subject: Accent
It would be more interesting if this audio book were recorded by either an American or Australian: these accents sound like music to my ear. :)
November 14, 2013
A nice book.
Reviewer: - October 15, 2013
Great book and reader!
Reviewer: - August 8, 2013
Subject: black beauty
A wonderful book, it should be read by everyone.
Reviewer: - July 30, 2013
Subject: Black Beauty review
I love Black Beauty. I've got three horses I called after the three in the book - and I love them to bits. I'd never think of parting with them. My chestnut mare, Ginger, recently had colic and I nearly lost her. Thank God she didn't die. She's only three and I love her to bits - I had to call the vet to her. A must read for all who love horses.
Reviewer: - July 27, 2013
This book has been my favorite since I was able to read: 3 years old. I've always loved horses and I ride them quite a lot and this book has taken all the good things about horse riding and caring for animals and originality and put it all in this book! A toast to Anna Sewell! You should definitely read this amazing book!
Reviewer: - April 1, 2013
This book is the best book I have ever read!!!!!
Reviewer: - March 23, 2013
I have read Black Beauty since I was in the first grade. It is always changing. It's like a new adventure every time. It never gets boring. I recommend it for ALL ages.
Reviewer: - March 5, 2013
Subject: All of it was good
I think it was a great book it had really good detail.

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