Anna Sewell (1820-1878) was a British writer who had a strong love for horses and became quite sensitive to their nature and behaviour. After a childhood injury, she was confined to her house as an invalid and got around largely by horse-drawn carriages. Though, she had difficulty in walking, she could drive a carriage. She spent her last years writing the children’s classic Black Beauty (1877), a fictional autobiography of a gentle, highbred horse. She died just five months after her book was published.
Black Beauty is an autobiography of high-bred horse. The novel begins with the time when the horse was a care-free colt, Loved and taken care by a gentle family. However, the circumstances change and the Black beauty is passed on from one owner to another. On his journey, he witnesses hardships and comfort, hatred and love, cruelty and kindness. But will the beautiful horse find a happy and lasting home? Or will he continue to suffer at the hands of fate? Through Black Beauty, Sewell has explored themes of love, friendship and animal cruelty. Even 140 years after its publication, the novel is revered by millions of readers.
ISBN: 9789699903700 – Paperback
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