BLACK BEAUTY - online book

The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.
By Anna Sewell, Published by Henry Altemus Company Philadelphia, Circa 1877

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The story is told in the first person as an autobiographical memoir told by a highbred horse named Black Beauty - beginning with his carefree days as a foal on an English farm, to his difficult life pulling cabs in London, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each short chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty's life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell's detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a feeling of truth.