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Nellie Bly

1864 - 1922

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Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (born Elizabeth Jane Cochran; May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker 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 3,835,247 page views. Her biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Nellie Bly is the 670th most popular writer (up from 759th in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from United States (up from 817th in 2019) and the 76th 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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Among writers, Nellie Bly ranks 670 out of 5,755Before her are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walter Raleigh, Raymond Queneau, Kumārajīva, Patricia Highsmith, and Giosuè Carducci. After her are Vuk Karadžić, Masaru Emoto, Bernart de Ventadorn, Giambattista Basile, Ivan Goncharov, and Antoine François Prévost.

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Among people born in 1864, Nellie Bly ranks 16Before her are Walther Nernst, Hermann Minkowski, Alfred Hermann Fried, Eleftherios Venizelos, Miguel de Unamuno, and Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine. After her are Vilhelm Hammershøi, Wilhelm Karl, Duke of Urach, Dmitri Ivanovsky, John Jacob Astor IV, Heinrich Wölfflin, and Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Among people deceased in 1922, Nellie Bly ranks 18Before her are Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Georges Sorel, Vittorio Monti, Ernest Solvay, and Michael Collins. After her are Walther Rathenau, Yamagata Aritomo, Henri Désiré Landru, Andrey Markov, Rudolf Kjellén, and Alessandro Moreschi.

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Among people born in United States, Nellie Bly ranks 736 out of 18,182Before her are Frances Farmer (1913), Patricia Highsmith (1921), Kamehameha I (1758), Vivian Maier (1926), Gloria Swanson (1899), and George Eastman (1854). After her are George Cukor (1899), Keith Haring (1958), David Fincher (1962), W. Edwards Deming (1900), Eliot Ness (1903), and Gene Wilder (1933).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Nellie Bly ranks 76Before her are Thomas Harris (1940), Robert E. Howard (1906), William Saroyan (1908), Maya Angelou (1928), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), and Patricia Highsmith (1921). After her are H. L. Mencken (1880), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Neal Cassady (1926), Dashiell Hammett (1894), John Dos Passos (1896), and Joseph Campbell (1904).