Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. Black Beauty is one of the bestselling books of all time. The story is narrated as an autobiographical memoir by the titular horse named Black Beauty – beginning with his carefree days as a colt on an English farm with his mother, to his difficult life pulling cabs in Lond, to his happy retirement in the country. Along the way, he meets with many hardships and recounts many tales of cruelty and kindness. Each chapter recounts an incident in Black Beauty’s life containing a lesson or moral typically related to the kindness, sympathy, and understanding treatment of horses, with Sewell’s detailed observations and extensive descriptions of horse behaviour lending the novel a good deal of verisimilitude.