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Friday, March 30, 2007
Black Beauty
I want to end Women's History Month with something about women, and the author of Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, and her mother, Mary Wright Sewell, a well-known author in her own right are excellent candidates.

Little is known about Mary Wright Sewell except that during her lifetime she was a best-selling author of juvenile books. A Quaker (although she later left them and joined the Church of England), she was deeply religious and wrote books to teach moral virtues and earn money to buy more books. Her books, Mother's Last Words, Our Father's Care, Thy Poor Brother, and others were well received.

Anna was, from all accounts, a cheerful and bright child. At the age of 14, while walking home from school one day, she fell and severely sprained both ankles. It is not known what type of treatment she received, however, the accident left her crippled for life. Unable to get around much on her own, she developed a love of horses. It was this love and devotion to horses that led her to write Black Beauty.

At the time of its publication, Black Beauty was unique. No book before about animals had been written in the first person -- and from the viewpoint of the animal. Anna only lived long enough after its publication to see its popularity soar. She died five months after it was released.

Today's question: Anna Sewell was born on this date in what year?

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2 Comments:
Blogger robynl said...
Anna Sewell (1820-1878

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Way to go Robyn. I'll be drawing for this month's winner this weekend and I'll post it on Monday.

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