The novel, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell is published.
Black Beauty, the fictional ‘autobiography’ of a talking horse, was published in November 24, 1877 and remains a favorite children’s book to this day. In this lesson, you’ll learn about the book’s plot and major events, get to know some of the main characters and test your knowledge with a quiz.The magical idea of talking animals in children’s fiction has a long history, but the novel often credited with popularizing the genre of the talking animal story is Black Beauty by English writer Anna Sewell. Sewell wrote Black Beauty in 1877, and it’s referred to as an animal autobiography because, unlike animal stories that describe a child’s interaction with an animal, the novel is narrated from the animal’s point of view. The literary technique of giving animals human characteristics, like the ability to speak, is called anthropomorphism.