Maiden voyages: Eighty Days author to speak in Woodstock & Rhinebeck

April 05, 2013 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In his newly released true adventure titled Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race around the World, Matthew Goodman tracks the remarkable journeys of two young women. Each took up the challenge to beat the fictional record of globe circumnavigation set forth by Jules Verne in his novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Employed by separate publishers to work as journalists in an era when all their co-workers were men, Bly and Bisland had already broken through, if not the glass ceiling, at least the front door of the all-male domain. They also shattered the notion that young ladies should not walk about unaccompanied – indeed, that they could not manage on their own out in the world.
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