Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings by Nellie Bly

By Nellie Bly

The first edited quantity of labor via the mythical undercover journalist

Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran, Nellie Bly used to be one of many first and top woman reporters in the United States and quick turned a countrywide phenomenon within the overdue 1800s, with a board online game according to her adventures and item encouraged through the garments she wore. Bly won popularity for being the 1st “girl stunt reporter,” writing tales that not anyone on the time concept a girl may or should still write, together with an exposé of sufferer remedy at an insane asylum and a travelogue from her record-breaking race worldwide and not using a chaperone. This quantity, the single published and edited choice of Bly’s writings, contains her top identified works—Ten Days in a Mad-HouseSix Months in Mexico, and Around the area in Seventy-Two Days—as good as many lesser recognized items that catch the breadth of her occupation from her fierce opinion items to her awesome global struggle I reporting. As 2014 marks the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Bly’s beginning, this assortment celebrates her paintings, spirit, and important position in history.

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Her editors offered her no raise and no bonus, despite the high profile her globe-trotting adventure had helped to give the paper. Shortly after her “Around the World” series appeared, she quit, privately bitter about what she described as her poor treatment. A few months later, she signed a lucrative three-year contract to write fiction for Norman L. Munro’s New York Family Story Paper. Bly wasn’t cut out to be a novelist, however, and her fiction career fizzled. 12 Within three years, she had accepted a new offer of employment from the World and was back to reporting, starting off with a sympathetic front-page interview with anarchist Emma Goldman, whom she visited in prison, where the fiery orator was facing charges of incitement to riot.

A few months later, she signed a lucrative three-year contract to write fiction for Norman L. Munro’s New York Family Story Paper. Bly wasn’t cut out to be a novelist, however, and her fiction career fizzled. 12 Within three years, she had accepted a new offer of employment from the World and was back to reporting, starting off with a sympathetic front-page interview with anarchist Emma Goldman, whom she visited in prison, where the fiery orator was facing charges of incitement to riot. In 1894, with the nation mired in a deep economic recession, Bly visited Chicago to report on the famous Pullman strike, called by railway workers to protest layoffs, wage cuts, and poor living conditions.

On January 9, 1922, at the age of fifty-seven, Bly checked into St. Mark’s Hospital with a severe case of pneumonia complicated by heart disease. She died eighteen days later. Bly’s longtime friend and supporter, distinguished newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane, called her “the best reporter in America” in a column published the day after her death. “Her life was useful and she takes with her from this earth all that she cared for, an honorable name, the respect and affection of her fellow workers, the memory of good fights well fought and of many good deeds never to be forgotten by those that had no friend but Nellie Bly.

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