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Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell (March 30, 1820 - April 25, 1878) was a British writer, the author of the classic novel Black Beauty.

At the age of 14, Anna fell while walking home from school in the rain, injuring both her ankles. Possibly through mistreatment of her injury, she became lame for the rest of her life and was unable to stand or walk for any length of time. For greater mobility, she frequently used horse-drawn carriages, which contributed to her love of horses and concern for the humane treatment of animals.

Sewell's only publication was Black Beauty, which she wrote between 1871 and 1877. During this time her health was declining. She was often so weak that she couldn't get out of bed and writing at all 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.

Black Beauty
Black Beauty
Black Beauty is the book for any horse lover and should be read by anyone who owns or rides a horse. This book follows the life of Beauty a handsome stallion who is sold and worked by different men in different places, some good some not so good. It is one of the first stories ever written from an animal's perspective which gives the reader a powerful sense of what horses endure and the responsibilities of the humans who utilise them.
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