by Anna Sewell
Black Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell.
The book, Sewell's only novel, was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid. The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but living long enough to see her only novel become a success.
With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While it eventually became a favorite in children's literature, Sewell originally wrote it for those who worked with horses. She said "a special aim was to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses."
While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, the lessons it imparts also apply to how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect.