Black Beauty

Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

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Overview

Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions, the Autobiography of a Horse 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.[1] The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time.[2]While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.[3] It is seen as a forerunner of the pony book.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 foal 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 behavior lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.[1]The book describes conditions among London horse-drawn taxicab drivers, including the financial hardship caused to them by high license fees and low, legally fixed fares. A page footnote in some editions says that soon after the book was published, the difference between 6-day taxicab licenses (not allowed to trade on Sundays) and 7-day taxicab licenses (allowed to trade on Sundays) was abolished and the taxicab license fee was much reduced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147510990
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/06/2014
Series: Puffin Chalk Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878) was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic 1877 novel Black Beauty.

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Table of Contents

Part 1

1 My Early Home 11

2 The Hunt 14

3 My Breaking In 18

4 Birtwick Park 23

5 A Fair Start 26

6 Liberty 30

7 Ginger 32

8 Ginger's Story Continued 37

9 Merrylegs 41

10 A Talk in the Orchard 44

11 Plain Speaking 49

12 A Stormy Day 52

13 The Devil's Trade Mark 56

14 James Howard 60

15 The Old Ostler 63

16 The Fire! 66

17 John Manly's Talk 71

18 Going for the Doctor 75

19 Only Ignorance 79

20 Joe Green 81

21 The Parting 85

Part 2

22 Earlshall 91

23 A Strike for Liberty 95

24 The Lady Anne 99

25 Reuben Smith 106

26 How it Ended 109

27 Ruined, and Going Down-hill 112

28 A lob-horse and His Drivers 116

29 Cockneys 120

30 A Thief 125

31 A Humbug 128

Part 3

32 A Horse Fair 133

33 A London Cab Horse 138

34 An Old War Horse 142

35 Jerry Barker 148

36 The Sunday Cab 153

37 The Golden Rule 157

38 Dolly and a Real Gentleman 160

39 Seedy Sam 164

40 Poor Ginger 168

41 The Butcher 170

42 The Election 173

43 A Friend in Need 175

44 Old Captain and His Successor 179

45 Jerry's New Year 183

Part 4

46 Jakes and the Lady 191

47 Hard Times 195

48 Farmer Thoroughgood and His Grandson Willie 199

49 My Last Home 204

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