Bly, Nellie

Although her newspaper career began in the 1880s, Nellie Bly remains one of the most remembered and romantic figures in the field of journalism. Under the tutelage of her editors and with the encouragement of publisher Joseph Pulitzer, Bly captivated readers with her journalistic adventures, which were often a mix of muckraking and sensationalism that led her from the depths of New York’s notorious Blackwell’s Island Asylum for women to a race around the world. At a time when female journalists were a rarity, especially outside the realm of women’s publications or literary journals, Bly lent her distinctly female perspective to stories that otherwise would have often gone unnoticed or, at best, would have been covered by male journalists in a way that lacked her ...

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