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BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell Kirkus Star


By Anna Sewell

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1990
ISBN: 0-374-30776-8
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Never before has this favorite been so handsomely, and appropriately, illustrated. Keeping (d. 1988), a master draftsman who illustrated 300 books, including all of Dickens, has provided a bountiful number of drawings (some subtly touched with color), combining piercing caricature, compassion, and a sure eye for the horses' beauty, movement, and (at the worst of times) plight. A masterpiece of illustration, capturing the book's drama and period while rising nobly above its sentimentality.