Around the World in Seventy-Two Days (Paperback)

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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days is an 1890 book by journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, writing under her pseudonym, Nellie Bly. The chronicle details her 72-day trip around the world, which was inspired by the book, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. She carried out the journey for Joseph Pulitzer's tabloid newspaper, the New York World. In 1888, Nellie Bly suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days into fact for the first time. A year later, at 9:40 a.m. on November 14, 1889, she boarded the Augusta Victoria, a steamer of the Hamburg America Line, 1] and began her 24,899-mile journey. She brought with her the dress she was wearing, a sturdy overcoat, several changes of underwear and a small travel bag carrying her toiletry essentials. She carried most of her money ( 200 in English bank notes and gold in total as well as some American currency) 2] in a bag tied around her neck. The New York newspaper Cosmopolitan sponsored its own reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, to beat the time of both Phileas Fogg and Bly. Bisland would travel the opposite way around the world. 4] 5] To sustain interest in the story, the World organized a "Nellie Bly Guessing Match" in which readers were asked to estimate Nellie Bly's arrival time to the second, with the Grand Prize consisting at first of a free trip to Europe and, later on, spending money for the trip. On her travels around the world, Nellie Bly went through England, France (where she met Jules Verne in Amiens), Brindisi, the Suez Canal, Colombo (Ceylon), the Straits Settlements of Penang and Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. The development of efficient submarine cable networks and the electric telegraph allowed Bly to send short progress reports, 7] though longer dispatches had to travel by regular post and were thus often delayed by several weeks. Nellie Bly travelled using steamships and the existing railroad systems, 8] which caused occasional setbacks, particularly on the Asian leg of her race. 9] During these stops, she visited a leper colony in China 10] 11] and she bought a monkey in Singapore.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781511956178
ISBN-10: 1511956178
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: April 30th, 2015
Pages: 158
Language: English