Nellie Bly

1864 - 1922

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Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (born Elizabeth Jane Cochran; May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she worked undercover to report on a mental institution from within. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nellie Bly has received more than 4,561,679 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Nellie Bly is the 941st most popular writer (down from 664th in 2019), the 1,060th most popular biography from United States (down from 736th in 2019) and the 103rd most popular American Writer.

Nellie Bly was a journalist who went undercover to expose the terrible conditions in mental hospitals in the late 1800s. She wrote a book about her experience called Ten Days in a Mad-House.

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Notable Works

The Kennedy Men
Biography & Autobiography
From the marriage of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, to the tragic assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, to the exploits of the third Kennedy generation, a fascinating family portrait captures the scandals, clandestine love affairs, and hidden secrets of the Kennedys.
Ten Days in a Mad-House
Marlon Brando
Biography & Autobiography
A behind-the-scenes look at a successful actor describes his isolated homes, his many love affairs, his relationships with his children, the truth behind the killing of Dag Drollet, and more. Original.
Oprah! Up Close And Down Home


Among writers, Nellie Bly ranks 941 out of 7,302Before her are Lafcadio Hearn, Ouyang Xiu, Joyce Carol Oates, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Leconte de Lisle, and Rustichello da Pisa. After her are James Jones, Pierre Larousse, Rubén Darío, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Hans Sachs, and L. Frank Baum.

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Among people born in 1864, Nellie Bly ranks 27Before her are Frank Wedekind, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wilhelm Karl, Duke of Urach, Branislav Nušić, Yun Chi-ho, and Princess Zorka of Montenegro. After her are Johan Halvorsen, Franz Oppenheimer, Charles Cooley, Paul Sérusier, Nicholas Marr, and Li Yuanhong. Among people deceased in 1922, Nellie Bly ranks 24Before her are Vittorio Monti, Rudolf Kjellén, Yamagata Aritomo, Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, Andrey Markov, and Léon Bonnat. After her are Paul Deschanel, Gabriel Narutowicz, Mori Ōgai, Camille Jordan, Alessandro Moreschi, and Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nellie Bly ranks 1,060 out of 20,380Before her are Ed O'Neill (1946), Jack Kirby (1917), Groucho Marx (1890), Frank B. Kellogg (1856), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), and Alicia Keys (1981). After her are James Jones (1921), John Hasbrouck Van Vleck (1899), Julian Schwinger (1918), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), L. Frank Baum (1856), and Russell Alan Hulse (1950).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Nellie Bly ranks 103Before her are L. Ron Hubbard (1911), Walter Lippmann (1889), Thomas Wolfe (1900), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Thomas Pynchon (1937), and Joyce Carol Oates (1938). After her are James Jones (1921), L. Frank Baum (1856), Virginia Satir (1916), Stephen Covey (1932), Donna Leon (1942), and Will Durant (1885).