Five Fascinating Facts about Black Beauty

One of my childhood favourites; Black Beauty

Interesting Literature

Fun facts about Black Beauty and the novel’s author, Anna Sewell

1. Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty is one of the biggest-selling novels of all time. Published in 1877, Black Beauty was a huge publishing success story from the start. Although Sewell died five months after the book appeared (the cause of her death has been attributed variously to tuberculosis and hepatitis), she lived long enough to learn that she had written a bestseller. The book has sold over 50 million copies in total, making it one of the bestselling books in English. It was Sewell’s only novel. Sewell died in 1878, but had been an invalid for much of her life; she was confined to her family home for much of her life.

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About susancarey

Writer and teacher living in Amsterdam. Trying to be mindful and occasionally succeeding!
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2 Responses to Five Fascinating Facts about Black Beauty

  1. Sally Robinson says:

    Yes, I remember being terribly moved as a child by Black Beauty A little while ago I found the DVD here in Totnes while my granddaughter was staying and we both greatly enjoyed watching it together.

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    • susancarey says:

      Thanks for commenting and Indeed, Sally, I too have fond memories of watching BB on TV on Sunday evenings with home-baked cake and a large cup of tea. Family viewing which sadly doesn’t seem to be around so much anymore…

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