Black Beauty (Illustrated) by Anna Sewell (1820 –1878) is a story about a horse named Black Beauty who endures cruelty and kindness. The story is narrated from the horse’s point of view, and the author portrays the themes of inducing kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses. Anna Sewell was an English novelist who wrote the book during her last few years of her life. It became an instant success after being first published in 1877 when Anna died five months later. It is considered one of the best-selling books of all time.