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Nellie Bly *

a.k.a. Elizabeth Jane (nee) Cochran Seaman

Author Code: ANBL

Born: May 5, 1864 - Burrell Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: Jan. 27, 1922 - New York City, New York, USA

Educated for a year at a boarding school, Bly began to write in response to an article in the Pittsburgh Dispatch in which she used her pseudonym of Nellie Bly. She was subsequently hired by the paper as a journalist. In 1885, she left Pittsburgh to cover the situation in Mexico, acting as a foreign correspondent. She was forced to leave Mexico and on her return decided to leave the paper and move to New York. She eventually landed a job with the New York World. She was given an undercover assignment to investigate allegations of neglect and brutality at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island. She put on an act that fooled doctors into declaring her insane and she was committed. She spent ten days in the asylum and experienced all of the hardships of a regular inmate. The newspaper organised her release and report was sensational, later appearing in book form as Ten Days in a Mad House (1888). A grand jury investigated the condition at the asylum and recommended Bly's changes be implemented. The book made her world famous and in 1888, she convinced the editors to allow her to take a trip around the world in an attempt to prove Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days was possible. She began her journey in 1889 and managed the entire journey in 72 days. In 1895, she married Robert Seaman, a millionaire who was forty years her senior. He died in 1904, but Nellie continued to work at his company until the firm went bankrupt. Nellie then returned to journalism, reporting on the Women Suffrage movement and the First World War. She contracted pneumonia at age 57 and died at St. Mark's Hospital in New York. Her works include Six Months in Mexico (1888), Mystery In Central Park (1889) and Nellie Bly's Book: Around the World in 72 Days (1890).

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