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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Anna Sewell

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Anna Sewell (1820-1878) was born and lived in Norfolk, England. Her knee was injured as a child and she struggled with her health for the rest of her life. She was bedridden by the time she started writing her only work: Black Beauty (1877).

Sewell was a great lover of horses and her Quaker faith promoted a kind and gentle way with animals. Sewell wrote Black Beauty with hopes of changing the public's attitude about the cruel practices inflicted on horses. Black Beauty is told from the horse's perspective, an unusual and effective choice.

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