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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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"I Shall Never Be Sold"

NPR's Backseat Book Club delves into Anna Sewell's oft-adapted, frequently-imitated classic of children's literature, and the transformative role it had on a fledging animal welfare movement:

Sewell's decision to write the book as an "animal autobiography" was quite novel in Victorian England, and the little green book with the sad-looking horse on the cover was released to great fanfare. Promoters in the U.S. brought a pirated edition of the book to America hoping it would do for animal rights what Uncle Tom's Cabin had done for slavery. Within two years, 1 million copies of Black Beauty were in circulation in the U.S., and animal rights activists regularly passed copies of the book to horse drivers and stable hands.


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Bus Driver Stu Benedict

I preferred Misty of Chincoteague myself.

Susanna

Animal autobiographies were pretty established by then. As was animal rights legislation (which never extended to banning bearing reins). BUT thanks to the US animal rights network, who pirated her book, Anna Sewell became one of the most widely read authors of all time. And yes, she has reached on through generations.

If anyone wants to see an earlier horsey autobiography I can recommend Dick, The Memoirs of a Little Poney, Supposed to be Written by Himself (1799). He was a lot feistier than Beauty, and he really likes Rousseau."The reign of Tyranny cannot last forever!"

http://susannaforrest.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/talking-horses-dick-the-little-poney/

emkay

@Susanna or is it "REIN of Tyranny"?!? I apologize, I should presume that Dick isn't as prone to horrible puns as I am.

Susanna

@emkay This is a punfest waiting to happen!

Whatever behoofs you.

emkay

@Susanna I hear that after a horse eats too much hay, he feels bale-full.

Elsajeni

I don't think I've ever actually read Black Beauty or seen a movie of it, but I obviously absorbed it by some kind of little-girl-pony-osmosis, because a couple weeks ago my husband and I were driving to the coast when I saw a lovely big black horse with a little white diamond on his forehead and immediately identified him as "LOOK, IT'S BLACK BEAUTY!"

PatatasBravas

GINGER

BEING A FANCY CARRIAGE HORSE

THE STUPID LITTLE BOY (stuuuuuupid)

THE FIRE!!!!

THE EVENTUAL RETIREMENT

PatatasBravas

So many memories rushing back! (I read this a lot as a kid, but also, not in a long time).

Es
Es

@PatatasBravas GINGER!!!!! :cries a bit, even now:

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