Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, in an age when many women led unassuming lives. Her life would make people sit up and take notice: When she wasn't making history herself, she was writing about others who did. Rarely has anyone left a more detailed record of her place in the world than Nellie Bly. In a very public life, she shared her feelings and opinions through her writing and embraced the struggles of all classes of Americans who were fighting for their rights.
The story of the two decades before and after the turn of the 20th century was her story, and she wrote with a powerful pen. Her "stunt journalism" included getting herself committed to an insane asylum for women and circling the globe in a mere 72 days. She profiled leaders from Susan B. Anthony to Eugene V. Debs, exposed corruption, and offered her readers a travelogue that expanded their horizons, even as it made the world a little smaller.
Her words live on even now, and Sue Macy's masterful biography invites young readers into Nellie Bly's America, a country at a time of great growth and social change.
- ISBN-13: 9781426305139
- ISBN-10: 1426305133
- Publisher: National Geographic Society
- Publish Date: October 2009
- Page Count: 64
- Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
- Dimensions: 11.12 x 9.36 x 0.43 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.21 pounds
Series: National Geographic Photobiographies (Hardcover)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
- Review Date: 2009-08-10
- Reviewer: Staff
This detailed biography of the trailblazing 19th-century journalist incorporates photographs of Bly and her subjects. The extensive text explores the details of a life spent seeking justice, writing about female factory workers and women institutionalized at the Lunatic Asylum on New York’s Blackwell’s Island, as well as her most illustrious stunt, a trip around the world with the promise of completing the journey faster than the hero of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. A thorough introduction to the life of a fascinating figure. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)