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The first edited volume of work by the legendary undercover journalist
Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran, Nellie Bly was one of the first and best female journalists in America and quickly became a national phenomenon in the late 1800s, with a board game based on her adventures and merchandise inspired by the clothes she wore. Bly gained fame for being the first girl stunt reporter,” writing stories that no one at the time thought a woman could or should write, including an exposé of patient treatment at an insane asylum and a travelogue from her record-breaking race around the world without a chaperone. This volume, the only printed and edited collection of Blys writings, includes her best known worksTen Days in a Mad-House, Six Months in Mexico, and Around the World in Seventy-Two Daysas well as many lesser known pieces that capture the breadth of her career from her fierce opinion pieces to her remarkable World War I reporting. As 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Blys work, this collection celebrates her work, spirit, and vital place in history.
"Absolutely fantastic...superb in its entirety"
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"A classic from one of the first prominent female journalists in America."
—Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
"Splendid...The only thing unbelievable about Nellie Bly is that its taken this long for her work to be recognized—and with a life story this rich, where is the biopic? Thanks to this new collection at least, Blys life work will be accessible for a whole new world of readers."
—The Daily Beast
"From the start, Bly is a natural writer. Her voice is caustic and confident, lilting effortlessly between the gush and private wonder of a schoolgirls diary and the rigor of the most celebrated political reporters of her time. "
—The New Inquiry
“If youve never read any of 19th-century journalist Nellie Blys work, this is the place to start. And if youre a longtime fan of the first ‘girl stunt reporter, this is definitely a tome worth adding to your library…. [Bly] made indelible observations about a womans place in the world that are no less valuable today than they were 150 years ago.”
"The editing is outstanding, providing the backstory for this important but all too often neglected figure in American journalism."
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A collection of the articles and writings of famed American journalist Nellie Bly.
About the Author
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was a reporter, activist, and businesswoman who is celebrated as one of America's most famous and influential journalists. She is best known for the undercover assignment that resulted in the book Ten Days in a Mad-House and her race to circle the globe faster than the hero of Jules Verne's popular novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Maureen Corrigan is the book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, a lecturer at Georgetown University, and the author of the literary memoir, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading! She lives in Washington, D.C.