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Walter Farley

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(1915 - 1989)

Walter Farley

Walter Lorimer Farley (June 26, 1915 – October 16, 1989) was the son of Walter Patrick Farley and Isabelle “Belle” L. (Vermilyea) Farley. He was an American author, primarily of horse stories for children. Educated at Columbia, where he received a B.A. in 1941. His first and most famous work was The Black Stallion (1941). He wrote many sequels, and the series has been continued since his death by his son Steven.



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Big Black Horse (1953)

This is an abridged version of the classic story of Alec Ramsay and his Arabian horse - The Black.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): James Schucker

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The Black Stallion (1941)

This is the first book in Walter Farley’s bestselling series about a stallion and his teenaged owner, Alec Ramsay.

Alec had gone to India to visit his uncle. While aboard ship returning home, he watched an untamed, apparently wild black stallion being loaded in the cargo hold.

The ship sinks, stranding Alec and the stallion on a deserted coast. They learn to trust and love each other and they establish an amazingly strong and close lifelong bond.

After being rescued, Alec befriends retired racehorse trainer Henry Dailey, who lives near Alec. Henry recognizes the Black’s superior breeding, and he and Alec secretly begin training the Black to race. But without a documented pedigree, the Black can only compete as a mystery horse in a match race with the two champions, Cyclone and Sun Raider.

1942

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Keith Ward

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The Black Stallion and Flame (1960)

When Alex Ramsay and the Black are on a plane that goes down over the Caribbean Sea, they find themselves on Azul Island - home of Flame!

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Harold Eldridge

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The Black Stallion and Satan (1949)

The Black Stallion returns to Alec Ramsay and races his son Satan.

1949

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Milton Menasco

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The Black Stallion and the Girl (1971)

Alex Ramsay hires a young woman as a trainer - but can she ride the Black in a race?

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Angie Draper

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The Black Stallion Challenged! (1964)

Steve Duncan and Flame challenge Alec Ramsay and the Black to race.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Angie Draper

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The Black Stallion Legend (1983)

Alex Ramsay is distraught over the death of his young daughter and takes the black stallion to the southwest to try to find meaning. Not for younger readers.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Ruth Sanderson

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The Black Stallion Mystery (1957)

Three yearling colts must be sons of the Black, but they aren’t. Alex Ramsay and Henry go looking for the sire and find the father of them all.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Mal Singer

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The Black Stallion Returns (1945)

Alec Ramsay learns that Black had been stolen and his rightful owner comes to reclaim him.

1945

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Harold Eldridge

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The Black Stallion Revolts (1953)

When his restless black stallion revolts against the routine and schedule of stable life, becoming a potential killer, a plane crash thwarts Alec’s plans to give the Black free run in the desert, and bringing danger to both boy and horse.

1953

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Harold Eldridge

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The Black Stallion’s Courage (1956)

When a devastating fire destroys the brood barn Alex Ramsay takes the Black back to the track to earn the money to replace it.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): None

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The Black Stallion’s Filly (1952)

Black Minx, daughter of the Black, has been spoiled - can Henry and Alec get her ready to race in the Derby?

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Milton Menasco

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The Black Stallion’s Ghost (1969)

While between races at a Florida horse farm, Alex Ramsay and the Black meet the Ghost and her trainer and are caught up in a supernatural horror story.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Angie Draper

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The Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt (1954)

When Tom Messenger is injured in an accident, it’s up to Alec Ramsay and Henry to race Bonfire in the Hambletonian.

1954

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Harold Eldridge

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The Blood Bay Colt (1950)

In this exciting entry in the story of the Black Stallion and his offspring, a colt is trained to harness racing.

1950

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Milton Menasco

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The Great Dane Thor (1966)

Lars learns what it means to be responsible, and what it means to have a dog as a pet.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Joseph Cellini

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The Horse that Swam Away (1965)

A boy and his horse befriend a porpoise.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Leo Summers

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The Horse-Tamer (1958)

Henry tells Alex Ramsay about his brother William Dailey, a horse-tamer.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): James Schucker

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How to Stay Out of Trouble with Your Horse (1980)

A master horseman explains how to work with your horse so you both have fun and are safe.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Tim Farley

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