Anna Sewell (1820-1878). Born in Norfolk, England. Anna was schooled mostly at home. She did attend a school briefly, but upon returning home, fell and injured both ankles, leaving her an invalid. She never married. Anna edited her mother’s evangelical children’s books and helped teach Sunday school. Because of her ill health, it took her seven years to complete her one and only novel, Black Beauty. Sadly, she died five months after publication.