ALL TIME BESTSELLER: BLACK BEAUTY [Over 50 Million Copies Sold] by ANNA SEWELL (Special Nook Edition) One of the Best Selling Books of All Time Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Bestseller Translated into 50 Languages NOOKBook Inspiration for War Horse [NOOK Book]

ALL TIME BESTSELLER: BLACK BEAUTY [Over 50 Million Copies Sold] by ANNA SEWELL (Special Nook Edition) One of the Best Selling Books of All Time Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Bestseller Translated into 50 Languages NOOKBook Inspiration for War Horse

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ALL TIME BESTSELLER: BLACK BEAUTY
[Over 50 Million Copies Sold]
by ANNA SEWELL

(Special Nook Edition)

One of the Best Selling Books of All Time

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Bestseller Translated into 50 Languages
NOOKBook

Inspiration for War Horse


ABOUT THE BOOK

Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate bestseller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, long enough to see her first and only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy and respect.

By telling the story of a horse's life in the form of an autobiography and describing the world through the eyes of the horse, Anna Sewell broke new literary ground, and Black Beauty served as an inspiration for later works such as War Horse by Michael Morpugo, National Velvet, and a Horse and His Boy.

She said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"β€”an influence she attributed to an essay on animals she read earlier by Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) entitled "Essay on Animals". Her sympathetic portrayal of the plight of working animals led to a vast outpouring of concern for animal welfare and is said to have been instrumental in abolishing the cruel practice of using the checkrein (or "bearing rein", a strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck). Black Beauty also contains two pages about the use of blinkers on horses, concluding that this use is likely to cause accidents at night due to interference with "the full use of" a horse's ability to "see much better in the dark than men can."


EXCERPT

"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master's house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a grove of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank.

While I was young I lived upon my mother's milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the grove.

As soon as I was old enough to eat grass my mother used to go out to work in the daytime, and come back in the evening.

There were six young colts in the meadow besides me; they were older than I was; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses. I used to run with them, and had great fun; we used to gallop all together round and round the field as hard as we could go. Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.

One day, when there was a good deal of kicking, my mother whinnied to me to come to her, and then she said:

"I wish you to pay attention to what I am going to say to you. The colts who live here are very good colts, but they are cart-horse colts, and of course they have not learned manners. You have been well-bred and well-born; your father has a great name in these parts, and your grandfather won the cup two years at the Newmarket races; your grandmother had the sweetest temper of any horse I ever knew, and I think you have never seen me kick or bite. I hope you will grow up gentle and good, and never learn bad ways; do your work with a good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."

I have never forgotten my mother's advice; I knew she was a wise old horse, and our master thought a great deal of her."
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Meet the Author

Anna Mary Sewell was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England into a devoutly Quaker family. Her father was Isaac Phillip Sewell (1793–1879), and her mother, Mary Wright Sewell (1798–1884) was a successful author of children's books.

Anna Sewell was largely educated at home. When Anna was twelve years old, the family moved to Stoke Newington, where Sewell attended school for the first time. Two years later, however, she slipped while walking home from school and severely injured both of her ankles. Her father took a job in Brighton in 1836, partly in the hope that the climate there would help to cure her. Despite this, and most likely because of mistreatment of her injury, for the rest of her life Anna was unable to stand without a crutch or to 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.

At about this time, both Anna and her mother left the Society of Friends to join the Church of England, though both remained active in evangelical circles. Her mother expressed her religious faith most noticeably by authoring a series of evangelical children's books, which Anna helped to edit, though all the Sewells, and Mary Sewell's family, the Wrights, engaged in many other good works.

While seeking to improve her health in Europe, Sewell encountered various writers, artists, and philosophers, to which her previous background had not exposed her.

Sewell's only published work was Black Beauty, written during 1871 to 1877, after she had moved to Old Catton, a village outside the city of Norwich in Norfolk. During this time her health was declining. She was often so weak that she was confined to her bed and writing 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.

Sewell sold the novel to local publisher Jarrolds on 24 November 1877, when she was 57 years of age. Although it is now considered a children's classic, she originally wrote it for those who worked with horses. She said "a special aim [was] to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses".
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Five stars

    If you love horses and happy endings you will love this book. I have read it about five or six times. A book worth reading if you ask me! It's well writen and detailed. Unlike some equine books today you get to view the horses point of view. So you read what they see,feel and touch!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Best book ever

    I love horses and a stoy from a hores point of view. I read the clasic story in third grade and i remeber every detail. I truly recomend it.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    awsome book for a kid

    I love it it's a good book for a kid...iam a kid!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I loooooove it

    BEST BOOK EVER

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Black Beauty (the book)

    Black Beauyy was awesome and i do recommend that you readers the ones that love to read go read this story and if you waych and or read it you will cry sha jus given you the heads up go read it once again

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Best book

    It is a good book you people should read it if you haven't

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Best Book Ever!

    You will definently think better of horses when you read this amazing book! It wil have you laughing one minute and crying harder than ever when you read this book- AKAyiu will love it till the very end! You will be hooked very easily, even i you just turn to random page to test the book! Hope you enjoy!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    A true classic

    I loved it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Shoud I

    I'm only 8 years old _ shoud I read it ?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Saw the movie

    I loved the movie but i havent read the book

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    I love it! By #5 samantha

    I loved it beacause my favorite part was when black beauty was a young horse and was with here mother, Duchess. You should get it. It is a great book. Give it 5 stars cause i know you love black beauty. If you do not than you are messed up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Amazing

    The heartwarming tale of a black horse treated cruelly and kindly. The gentle black horse had many names but his true name was from the family that treated him the kindest. He was called Black Beauty. Of course, he meets some nice friends along the way, including Merrylegs, Ginger and Max. This story teaches all readers a lesson we should never forget.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Yes!!!!

    THIS BOOK is the first book I ever really finished when I was young. This one and Call of the Wild. But anyway Yes read it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    too good to belive

    this is infinity points!!!!!!!!!exactly what got me into horses. everyone ,horsy people&other people MUST all read this. It's waayyyy better than national velvet. I wish Anna Sewell didnt catch her disease and wrote a seqel. I also recommend the BlackStallion&Canterwood Crest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Should I get it?

    I don't know weather or not to get it because I live horses and I've heard it was good but don't know if I'll attually read it and like it. I like action, is there action? And is there lots of boring long parts? Please help me!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Best horse book there ever was!

    Best book i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Abigail .t.

    One of the best books that i have ever read!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    So far so good..

    Im on page 144, so fr its awesome!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    To you on Jan. 31.

    No, not much action at all. Many long, boring parts. I only read it for school.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Great

    So funny

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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