Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY) [NOOK Book]

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This children's classic was not written for children butt "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"—an influence the author attributed to an essay on animals she had 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...
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Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse (THE GREAT CLASSICS LIBRARY)

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Overview

This children's classic was not written for children butt "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"—an influence the author attributed to an essay on animals she had 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."
The story is narrated in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by the titular horse named Black Beauty—beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts 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 extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016119878
  • Publisher: Revenant
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 401 KB

Meet the Author

Anna Sewell (1820 – 1878)[1] was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty. She 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. At fourteen, she slipped while walking home from school and severely injured both of her ankles. 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Black beauty rocks!

    I love this book! I've read it about three times; its bittersweet, but its really good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Book to long:Black beauty

    49 chapters?I read only 27 chapters from my school's library's copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Black beauty

    I lovve black beauty! I have two copies of the movie :)

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