Anna Sewell, March 30, 1820 - April 25, 1878 Anna Sewell was on March 30, 1820 in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. She was raised a Quaker by her father a bank manager and her mother, a children's novelist. At the age of fourteen, Sewell hurt her knee during a fall and the injury never healed right. Even though she could not walk well, she could still ride horses and drive a horse drawn buggy. It was this form of freedom that sparked her concern for the welfare of horses. She wrote "Black Beauty" when she was in her fifties, but died a year after it was published in 1877. While she never earned much from the book while she was alive, after her death, the novel snowballed into a something extraordinary. The book was about the abuses horses sustained in their lifetimes, but was told from the unique viewpoint of the horse. Even though the book was intended for children, it impacted all generations and caused everyone who read it to take a look at the inhumane treatment horses received. In the one hundred plus years since "Black Beauty" had been published, over 30 million copies have been printed. At least eight motion pictures have been made based on the novel and it is a well known children's classic. Anna Sewell died on April 25, 1878 in Old Catton, Norfolk.
Black Beauty tells his own story: he was born to caring masters, allowed as a young horse to run free on a well-kept farm. Once away from his home, he is stripped of his name and his dignity, but never of his courage; his good nature and gentleness see him through the difficult life he must endure.
Anna Sewell's expert knowledge and thoughtful compassion for horses have ensured the lasting popularity and impact of this, her only book.
Newly commissioned illustrations by Victor Ambrus, an introduction by Naomi Lewis, and a format just the right size for young hands make this the edition of choice for a new generation of readers.
This edition of Black Beauty includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Nancy Springer.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 in the BBC's survey The Big Read, a survey of the British public by the BBC to determine the "Nation's Best-loved Novel".