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From: Contemporary Review
Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell. Adrienne E. Gavin. Sutton Publishing. [pounds sterling]20.00. xi + 276 pages. ISBN 0-7509-2838-7. Succeeding generations of English-speaking children have been entranced by Black Beauty, Anna Sewell's 'autobiography' of a horse. By 1995 it is estimated to have sold over 40,000,000 copies. Though intended for children it was also a protest against animal cruelty, a novel of Victorian life and a practical guide to looking after horses. The difficulty for any biographer is that the subject, born into a Norfolk Quaker family, 'lived quietly and ...
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