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Anna Sewell: The Woman Who Wrote Black Beauty Paperback – April 1, 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Publishing Ltd (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752442821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752442822
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,862,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yenta Knows on January 25, 2009
If you loved horses as a child, you probably read Black Beauty. Here's the story of the author, Anna Sewell, the strait-laced spinster who lived with her dominating mother all her life, suffered from a mysterious illness that prevented her from walking more than a few steps, and rarely left her house except to engage in the "good works" (teaching Sunday School, visiting the sick) that were proper for Victorian Quakers.

Not much of a life, huh? Yet you can't help admiring Anna Sewell, who, confined to an invalid's couch, penned this vividly seen, intensely felt story of a horse who begins as equine nobility, falls to the lowest rungs of horse society, but gains a distinctly un-modern happy ending where "my troubles are all over and I am at home".

I could take Susan Chitty to task for including distracting details that she learned but that we don't need to. I could wish Ms. Chitty had explained the copyright issues, supplied more literary analysis, included a few maps, and given more historical context (What is a "Band of Mercy"?).

But I would rather thank her for illuminating the life of a plain living woman whose only publication, the sixth most read book in English, improved the lives of thousands of horses and originated a new literary genre, the animal story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Hater on January 29, 2012
This book is indeed a treasure to Anna Sewell admirers and lovers of Black Beauty such as myself.I'm sure that before the publication of this book in 1971 that as the author states little was known of Anna or her life but here through a sympathetic touch and solid research , Mrs. Chitty brings the lady herself and her family to life.Or at least as much as it would be possible to do so nearly 100 years after her death.Often the woman herself is in the shadows of her famous, beloved book so its nice to see both her self as a person and life she lived be given some well deserved, at length attention.
Mrs. Chitty also gives the reader a vivid picture of the daily life of Anna and in a broader context, the society she lived in.Also noted and appreciated are recountings of many of Anna's likely inspirations for the book including her brother Phillip's spirited horse Black Bess.
The author does try to with the information known,to diagnose the illnesses that plagued Anna from an early age , eventually making her into an invalid, but I cannot agree with all her conclusions(i.e. that some of her illness was psychological in nature) but as the Author herself admits that with the medical field being what it was in the 1800's, that one can only attempt to make an educated guess and all will not agree.
In closing, this is a well done chronicle of an extraordinary human being.
If only we had more like her in this world , the world would be a vastly different place.
Thank you Anna. And thank you, Mrs. Chitty.

One last warning to readers- this book came out in 1971 and was reprinted in 2007.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. WINFREY on February 6, 2010
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