Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143107408, 368pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
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 expose 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 Bly's writings, includes her best known works--Ten Days in a Mad-House, Six Months in Mexico, and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days--as 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 Bly's birth, this collection celebrates her work, spirit, and vital place in history. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
About the Author
Nellie Bly was the pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (1864-1922), an American journalist best known for her record-breaking trip around the world and her controversial undercover investigation of Bellevue Hospital's insane asylum. Jean M. Lutes is an associate professor of English and director of academics for Gender and Women's Studies at Villanova University. 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.
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