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Anna Sewell. Black Beauty. Biography. Anna Sewell ( March 30 , 1820 – April 25 , 1878 ) was a British writer, best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty . Biography

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anna sewell

Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

  • Anna Sewell (March 30, 1820 – April 25, 1878) was a British writer, best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty.


  • Anna Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England in a nice Quaker family. Her father was Isaac Sewell (1793-1879), and her mother, Mary Wright (1798 - 1884) was a successful writer of children's books. Sewell had one sibling, a younger brother called Philip (1822–1906) who worked first as a construction engineer in Europe, building railways in Spain and elsewhere, before settling back in Norfolk and working as a banker.
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The Book

Sewell began writing her first and only book, Black Beauty (1877), while sick and ill. She wrote the book with hopes of changing the public's attitude about the cruelty that was regularly committed on horses at the time of the book's writing. The Book's publishers where Jarrold's and Sons. In the story there are a lot of characters like the horses and the owners of Black Beauty.

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Black Beauty
  • Black Beauty (in full: Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse, first published November 24, 1877) is Anna Sewell's only novel, composed in the last years of her life between 1871 and 1877 .
  • The story is told in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by a highbred horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many sufferings and tells many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter mentions an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and large descriptions of horse behavior giving the novel a good appearance of being true.
“I never yet could make out why men are so fond of this sport; they often hurt themselves, often spoil good horses, and tear up the fields, and all for a hare, or a fox, or a stag, that they could get more easily some other way; but we are only horses, and don't know."

(Black Beauty)

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Anna’s death
  • Anna Sewell died of hepatitis on April 25, 1878, just five months after her publication, living long enough to see the book's initial early success. She was buried on 30 April1878 in the Quaker burial-ground at Lammas near Buxton, Norfolk, not far from Norwich, where a wall plaque now marks her resting place.
The End

“I am never afraid of what I know”

- Anna Sewell

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