This romantic tale of a beautiful equine creature made quite an impact on the public when it was published in 1877. It's style was groundbreaking as it was the first time that readers had experienced an autobiography of a non-human character. People followed the trials of this enchanting horse and suddenly animal welfare issues became valid arguments of the day.
'Black Beauty' was the only book that the author, Anna Sewell, penned and she died only a few months after it was published. It is an exciting and moving children's story recounting the sufferings of a noble and beautiful horse that began life in a country setting on a large estate with kind owners. When they lost their fortune, they were forced to sell Black Beauty and he found himself in the hands of a cab owner who put him to work in the dirty, noisy city streets and thought nothing of treating him cruelly. The story tells of how Black Beauty coped with dignity and forbearance and was eventually rewarded when he was returned to his original owners to find happiness in his old age.