Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

Oxford University Press - Oxford Bookworms Library

Level 4, 1400 headwords

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Black Beauty

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When Black Beauty is trained to carry a rider on his back, or to pull a carriage behind him, he finds it hard at first. But he is lucky - his first home is a good one, where his owners are kind people, who would never be cruel to a horse.
But in the nineteenth century many people were cruel to their horses, whipping them and beating them, and using them like machines until they dropped dead. Black Beauty soon finds this out, and as he describes his life, he has many terrible stories to tell.



Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell

Anna Sewell, English novelist, was born on 30 March 1820 in Great Yarmouth. She lived in a family of four; her father, Isaac Philip Sewell, her mother, Mary Wright Sewell (a children’s book author) and a younger brother named Philip.
Anna started the manuscript of Black Beauty in 1871. At that time, writing was very difficult for her due to her illness so she had to dictate the text for her mother. She finished writing the manuscript in 1877 and sold it to a Norwich publisher for only 40$ in 1877 which was published the same year.
Anna died of hepatitis or tuberculosis in 25 April 1878 (at the ae of 58) in Lammas, Norfolk.

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