Book: Black Beauty

Author: Anna Sewell

Rating: 3/5

Black Beauty-Anna Sewell

The book “Black Beauty” was written by English author Anna Sewell. The book is narrated in first person as an autobiography told by the horse named Black Beauty. The book begins with Black beauty being a carefree horse with his mother on an English farm who gives him the advice to behave well to be treated well, After some time he was sold to an Englishman named Gordon who loved and took care of animals, Black Beauty spent the better part of his life here and makes friends with three other horses: Sir Oliver, Ginger and Merrylegs and meets two groomers named James Howard and John Manly who were caring and neat. The second part of the book the horses were sold, Black Beauty and Ginger were sold together to a park, the life was harder in the park and painful as the horses there had to use bearing rein. An accident happened and Black Beauty injured his knee making his owners sell him to a new owner who also could not take care of Black Beauty leaving him in the care of a hardworking cab driver named Jerry. After spending sometime as a cab horse Black Beauty meets his old friend Ginger on the streets miserable after the harsh treatment her new masters had given her, months later Black Beauty sees Ginger’s corpse being carried away. Jerry then gets ill and was forced to sell Black Beauty, Black beauty was then passed on to many owners only to be mistreated and overworked. At last Black beauty was sold to a family where one of his old groomer Joe Green who recognizes Black beauty and spends the rest of his days in peace.


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Social/Historical context:

Black beauty is a novel written by English writer Anna Sewell, The book "Black Beauty" was written in last years of her life. The book was published on November 24th, 1877. The depiction of the 'Bearing Rein" created such an outrage that is was abolished in Victorian England. The book was also able to get the public interested in anti-cruelty legislation in the United States significantly. The impact of the novel is still very much known as in the " Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare" calls Black Beauty "the most influential anti-cruelty novel of all time".


Writing Style:

The book is written in the first person from the perspective of a horse named Black Beauty. The language used in the book is really simple.


My Thoughts:

This book is a great literary book to use for school projects.

Book Reviewed by Isabelle M

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