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"Let Me Tell You What I Think of Bicycling": Nellie Bly Interviews Susan B. Anthony, 1896

Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane in 1864, arrived in New York City at age 23 in 1887 and talked her way into a job with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World by accepting one of the first stunt journalism assignments ever: she went undercover at New York's Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island. The ensuing story gave her a foothold in journalism's boys' club and established her career: "Bly made herself into the most famous newspaper reporter in the United States," writes Jean Marie Lutes in the introduction to the new book, Around the World in Seventy-Two Days And Other Writings, "by embracing the idea that a woman writer was, by definition, a bit of a spectacle." READ MORE