Black Beauty

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Courier Corporation, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 186 pages
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Perhaps the most celebrated animal story of the nineteenth century, "Black Beauty "is the suspenseful and deeply moving account of a horse's experiences at the hands of many owners―some, sensitive riders who treated him gently; others, cruel drivers who thoughtlessly inflicted lasting damage.
Written as the animal's autobiography, and as an appeal for the humane treatment of horses, Anna Sewell's beloved classic reveals as much about human conduct and the social ills of the time as it does about the treatment of animals. Scenes from the lives of both the landed gentry and the impoverished working class offer a subtle but well-rounded perspective of social conditions in England during the late 19th century.Animal lovers of all ages will cherish this memorable story, available in this unabridged, modestly priced edition.
Unabridged Dover (1999) republication of a standard edition.
  

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an unparalleled horse classic

User Review  - mad about horses - Borders

The beauty in Black Beauty lies in the friendship between horse and man, Black Beauty and Ginger. It is heartbreaking, beautiful, at times overwhelmingly sad, and has an ending that makes it all ... Read full review

Classic Horse Story

User Review  - zanitascrazy - Borders

Black Beauty is a beautiful novel that shows the feelings and hardships of not just horses from long ago, but even horses now. It is a very well-written book about a horses life, and the friendships ... Read full review

Contents

PART
1
My Breaking
7
A Fair Start
14
Ginger
20
Merrylegs
28
Plain Speaking
37
The Devils TradeMark
44
The Old Hostler
50
A Humbug
110
PART THREE 32 A Horse Fair
113
A London Cab Horse
117
An Old War Horse
121
Jerry Barker
126
The Sunday Cab
132
The Golden Rule
137
Dolly and a Real Gentleman
141

John Manlys Talk
57
Only Ignorance
65
The Parting
71
PART TWO 22 Earlshall
74
A Strike for Liberty
78
The Lady Anne or a Runaway Horse
81
Reuben Smith
87
How It Ended
91
Ruined and Going Downhill
94
A Job Horse and His Drivers
97
Cockneys
101
A Thief
107
Seedy Sam
145
Poor Ginger
149
The Butcher
152
The Election
155
A Friend in Need
157
Old Captain and His Successor
161
Jerrys New Year
165
PART FOUR 46 Jakes and the Lady
171
Hard Times
175
Farmer Thoroughgood and His Grandson Willie
179
My Last Home
183
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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.

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