Around the world in 72 days: the race between Pulitzer's Nellie Bly and Cosmopolitan's Elizabeth Bisland

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Gemittarius Press, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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A little more than one hundred years ago, two American women journalists raced around the world chasing a phantom. His name was Phileas Fogg, a fictional character in Jules Verne's AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS. On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly (pen name of Elizabeth Cochrane), a dynamic 22-year-old newspaper reporter, sailed from New York as a circulation-boosting stunt for the NEW YORK WORLD. That same day, Elizabeth Bisland, a dignified, alluring associate editor of COSMOPOLITAN magazine, was dispatched in the other direction, boarding a train that would take her across the continent to San Francisco. Nellie had promised her readers to girdle the globe in seventy-five days--whereupon Miss Bisland's publisher expressed confidence that his woman could do it in less. A media war ensued, with each publication sparing no effort or expense to ensure that its lady finished first. The adventures of these two dauntless women in strange far-off lands & over stormy seas rigorously tested their powers of resourcefulness & determination. Traveling without companion or chaperone, they risked the opprobrium of their male-dominated Victorian society. They were, unquestionably, extraordinary pioneers of the Women's Rights Movement, not only in America but around the world they traversed. To order: Baker & Taylor, Gemittarius Press (call 1-212-873-2412) or write P.O. Box 20151, New York, NY 10025-1511.

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This is an account of the journeys of two reporters, Bly and Bisland, whose respective publishers sent them on journeys around the world in 1889. Their mission: to beat the "record'' set by Jules ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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WHAT THIS GIRL IS GOOD FOR
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THE RACE AROUND THE WORLD BEGINS
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Copyright

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