It almost seemed as though becoming obsessed with horses was a right of passage. Most of us went through at least a little phase of asking for a pony for Christmas, and pretending like we knew all about the giant animals. Obviously some people kept with it longer than others, but whether or not you are still into horses, chances are you remember reading and watching Black Beauty.
The story managed to transcend time, and even though it originally came out in 1877, kids still read it to this day. How much do you really know about the iconic story that launched millions of kids obsession with horses?
1. Author Anna Sewell was only paid $20 for the book
She sold the book to Jarrold and Sons in 1877 for 20 British pounds, which works out to about $27 American. However given the time difference, it would actually translate to about $350 today. It was published the same year and managed to become a huge success.
2. Sewell was 57 before she became published
She started writing Black Beauty when she was 51-years-old, and by the time she finished it she was 57. It was the first book she ever wrote and ended up being the only book she ever wrote.
3. She died five months after it was published
Sewell could have had a chance to renegotiate her contract, but she passed away from hepatitis just five months after the book came out. She never got to see just how big of an impact it had on the world.
4. Black Beauty was based on a real horse
Sewell had a horse when she was growing up named Bess who people believe was the inspiration for the horse in the story.