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Nellie Bly


  • Born: Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania. 5 May 1864.
  • Died: New York City, New York. 27 January 1922.

Bio Facts

  • Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane.
  • Began her carrer as newspaper reporter for the Pittsburg Dispatch.
  • Her married name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman.
  • She took her writer's name from a Stephen Foster song, "Nellie Bly."
  • 1889: Made trip around the world.

For Further Reading

  • "The Actual Time Was 57 Days." [Her trip around the world.]

    The Pittsburgh Press, 26 January 1890.

    Antell, Joan.

  • "Nellie Bly to Be Subject of One-Woman Show:
    'It's the Kind of Challenge I Love."
    Norwalk Weekly Trader, 23 March 1978, 3, 7.

  • "Area's Nellie Bly Honored in N.Y."

    The Pittsburgh Press, 23 June 1978, A10.

  • Around the World in 72 Days. [Videorecording.]

    Written, produced and directed by Christine Lesiak.
    [Alexandria, Va.? : distributed by PBS Home Video], c1997.

    Baker, Nina Brown.

  • Nellie Bly.
    New York: Holt, [c1956].

    Bear, David.

  • "Around the World with Jules Verne and Nellie Bly."
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 14 November 1999, F2.

    Bergman, Carol and Muriel Nussbaum.

  • "Nellie Bly:
    Circling the World Alone at the Age of Twenty-five,
    This Daring Nineteenth-Century Journalist Challenged the Legendary
    Record of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg--and Won."
    American History Illustrated (March 1987): 23+.

    Bucsko, Mike.

  • "Apollo to Honor Nellie Bly."
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 July 1995, C3.

  • "Byline: Nellie Bly: A Performance by Muriel Nussbaum." [Flyer.]

    Norwalk, CT: Muriel Nussbaum, [1981].

    Burke, Evelyn.

  • "Nellie Bly Started This Globe Girdling."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 31 October 1936.

    Davidson, Sue.

  • Getting the Real Story: Nellie Bly and Ida B. Wells.
    Seattle: Seal Press, 1992.

    Ehrlich, Elizabeth.

  • Nellie Bly.
    New York: Chelsea House Publishers, c1989.

  • "Grand Niece, 10, of Nellie Bly Hopes to 'Fly Around World':

    50 Years Ago Today Noted Writer Ended Tour of Globe."
    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 25 January 1940.

    Graves, Charles Parlin.

  • Nellie Bly: Reporter for the World.
    Champaign, IL: Garrard Pub. Co., [1971].

    Hahn, Emily.

  • Around the World with Nellie Bly.
    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959.

  • "Home Again:

    Nellie Bly Reaches Her Native City This Morning:
    Welcomed at the Depot:
    By Many of Her Old Newspaper Associates in Pittsburgh:
    Counts Herself a Winner:
    Hearty Welcomes Given the Bright Globe-Trotter All Along the Line
    And Lots of Hand-Shaking
    Nellie Mourns the Ill-Health of the Monkey Given Her at Singapore--
    Sketch of the Rivals in the Long-Distance Go-As-You-Please Race."
    Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, 25 January 1890.

    Kershner, Mary Culp.

  • "Pioneer in Big Business Also Describes Miss Bly."
    News-Citizen, 27 October 1978 (Kiski Weekend magazine).

    Kimbrough, Mary.

  • "Nellie Bly...'Carry Nation with a Quill.'"
    The Pittsburgh Press, 13 March 1977, 10-11. [Sunday magazine.]

    Kroeger, Brooke.

  • Nellie Bly: Daredevil Reporter, Feminist.
    New York: Times Books, c1994.

    Marino, M.

  • "Our Resident Curmudgeon." [Regarding Tom Hritz; Letter to the Editor.]
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10 July 1995.

    Merriman, Woodene.

  • "The Adventures of Nellie Bly:
    A New Biography of One of Pittsburgh's Most Famous Women Takes
    Woodene Merriman Back to Journalism's Heydey." [Review.]
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 March 1994, F5-F6.

  • "Nellie Bly Coming Home."

    News-Citizen, 27 October 1978 (Kiski Weekend magazine).

  • "Nellie Bly 'Lives Again' in 'Good Housekeeping.'"

    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 20 January 1955.

  • "Nellie Bly, Noted Newspaper Writer, Succumbs in New York:

    Pneumonia Fatal to Reporter Who Made Spectacular Trip Around World:
    Started in Pittsburgh."
    Pittsburgh Gazette Times, 28 January 1922, 7.

  • "Nellie Bly [...] Bountiful:

    Presents Each of Her 1,200 Employees with Christmas Basket,
    Which Contains Provisions for a Family."
    [Brooklyn N.Y Eagle], 24 December 1905.

  • "Nellie Bly: The World's Reporter (1867-1922) [sic]."

    In The Old Farmer's Almanac,
    239+. Dublin, NH: Old Farmer's Almanac, 1995.

  • "Nelly [sic] Meets Her Mother:

    The Time of Her Trip Was 72 Days, 6 Hours and 11 Minutes."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 26 January 1890.

    Noble, Iris.

  • Nellie Bly: First Woman Reporter.
    New York: Julian Messner, [c1956].

    Rittenhouse, Mignon.

  • The Amazing Nellie Bly.
    Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries, [1971, c1956].

    Rittenhouse, Mignon.

  • "They Called Her the Amazing Nellie Bly."
    Good Housekeeping (February 1955): 48+.

    Sachs, Sylvia.

  • "One-Woman Show Puts Spotlight on Nellie Bly."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 15 October 1982, B4.

  • "The Saga of Nellie Bly."

    Pennsylvania Illustrated (October-November 1976): 9-12.

  • "The Saga of Nellie Bly to Come Alive at Library."

    Trumbull Times, 1 November 1979.

    Speer, Kenneth.

  • "Pittsburgh Day by Day: Nellie Bly Circles Globe."
    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 16 March 1949.

  • "Steel Works Xmas Feast:

    Mrs. Seaman, Who Was 'Nellie Bly,' Supervises Rejoicing of Her Employees."
    [New York Times], 24 December 1905.

    Swetnam, George.

  • "Forgotten Friendship:
    Nellie Bly Poured out Her Heart for Years to
    The Quiet Observer [Erasmus Wilson] in Times of Victory and of Defeat
    But They Never Were Married."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 15 January 1967, 8-9. [Sunday magazine.]

    Swetnam, George.

  • "The Lost Letters of Nellie Bly:
    Correspondence with Local Columnist [Erasmus Wilson] Offers Many Surprises."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 8 January 1967, 4-5. [Sunday magazine.]

    Sykes, Edward C.

  • "Sykes Recalls Nellie Bly's Great Race."
    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 14 November 1939.

  • "200 at Ceremony." [Dedication of monument to Nellie Bly.]

    News-Citizen, 3 November 1978 (Kiski Weekend magazine).

    Uricchio, Marylynn.

  • "She Has the Scoop on Nellie Bly." [One-woman show.]
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 19 October 1982, 29-30.

    Vollmer, Judy.

  • "Nellie Bly Tribute: Rock for the Ages."
    The Pittsburgh Press, 25 October 1978, A16.

    Walker, Frances.

  • "Nellie Bly Remembered:
    Relatives Proud of Aunt Pink."
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16 November 1966, 14.

  • "What's in a Name?"

    News-Citizen, 28 October 1978 (Kiski Weekend magazine).

  • "World Traveler's Kin Shuns Life of Reporter."

    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 22 January 1950.

  • [No Title.]

    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 15 March 1949.