Black Beauty

The Autobiography of a Horse

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Author: Anna Sewell
Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,919 / 162 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 40,868 6261

The narrator of this book, the handsome, coal-black horse called ''Black Beauty'', is lead through numerous adventures by various owners - from a riding and carriage horse, to the rough life of a town cab horse, to eventual happiness in a secure home, he keeps his strength and good temper. Influential as animal-rights propaganda, this tale is also an extremely exciting and moving children's story.

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eating very quietly, and hardly raised their heads as the black frightful thing came puffing and grinding past.

For the first few days I could not feed in peace; but as I found that this terrible creature never came into the field, or did me any harm, I began to disregard it, and very soon I cared as little about the passing of a train as the cows and sheep did.

Since then I have seen many horses much alarmed and restive at the sight or sound of a steam engine; but thanks to my good master's care, I am as fearless at railway stations as in my own stable.

Now if any one wants to break in a young horse well, that is the way.

My master often drove me in double harness with my mother, because she was steady and could teach me how to go better than a strange horse. She told me the better I behaved the better I should be treated, and that it was wisest always to do my best to please my master; "but," said she, "there are a great many kinds of men; there are good thoughtful men like our


Average Rating of 5 from 4 reviews: *****

I remember by father first reading Black Beauty to me when I was about 8 or 9. It has become a cherished memory.
There is a beautifully restored, illustrated version from 1912 available for iPads on the iBookstore that has a really nice faux leather cover. The whole thing feels very vintage yet modern.

Leonard Hoyt

I read this book before I reached my teen years and enjoyed it very much. I would like to read it again.
I have been searching the local ibraries and have not been able to locate it as yet.


when i was younger this was my favorite book. It still touches me whenever i read it. Great book for someone who like nature, horse or just loves to read a story that they will always remember.



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