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Anna Sewell's only published work was the novel Black Beauty, 1877, which received immediate acclaim and has been celebrated both as a key text advocating animal welfare and other social and political causes and as a best-selling classic of children's literature and of writing about horses.
30 March 1820 AS was the first of two children born to a Quaker family at 26 Church Plain, Yarmouth, Norfolk. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 November 1871 AS first mentioned in her diary that she was at work on her horse novel, Black Beauty; she mentioned it again thereafter, but infrequently. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 November 1877 AS published her novel Black Beauty through Jarrold and Sons of London; she sold the copyright to them outright for £20, without making provision for royalties. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 April 1878 After several years of worsening health, AS died at home at the White House, Old Catton, Norfolk, of hepatitis or phthisis, only a few months after Black Beauty was published. Bibliographic Citation link.
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