Anna Sewell was born on March 30th, 1820 in Norfolk, England, the daughter of a writer and a bank manager, both devoted Quakers. Following an accident as a child, Anna became crippled and experienced ill health most of her life. She got around by using horse-drawn carriages. Sewell’s mother, a successful writer of juvenile fiction, allowed Sewell to edit her texts. Sewell began writing her first and only book, Black Beauty (1877), while bedridden. Told from the horses’ perspective, Sewell wrote the book with hopes of changing the public’s attitude about the cruelty that was regularly inflicted on horses at the time of the book’s writing.