Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

Nellie Bly
A woodcut image of Nellie Bly’s homecoming reception in Jersey City printed in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News on February 8, 1890.

In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American west would threaten Bly’s attempt to defeat Phileas Fogg – as well as her rival – Elizabeth Bisland.

This is the third – and final – part of our series on Nellie Bly.


Here is a list of some of the best resources used for creating this podcast.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman is the best chronicle of Bly’s journey that I found. It also goes into depth regarding the lives of Bly and Bisland.

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days is an online version of Bly’s book that she wrote after the journey.

In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World is Bisland’s version of the global adventure.

Wikipedia has an excellent over of the life of Nellie Bly.

Nellie Bly’s Route

Below is a map showing the route taken by Nellie Bly in her journey around the world.

Nellie Bly's Route

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

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