Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

The Augusta Victoria, the steamship on which Nellie Bly crossed the Atlantic. - (Picture Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations)

The Augusta Victoria, the steamship on which Nellie Bly crossed the Atlantic.

(Picture Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations)

Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

The true story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's historic race around the world in the late 19th century.

In 1873 writer Jules Verne captivated the literary world with his novel, “Around The World In 80 Days”. Sixteen years later two young women set off in a real life race of their own. You may have heard of one of them: Nellie Bly. She was an intrepid reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s “The World” newspaper. Chances are you haven’t heard of the other. Her name was Elizabeth Bisland. She worked as journalist with “The Cosmopolitan” magazine. In a new book author Mathew Goodman recreates their daring 28,000mile race against time and each other. He joins us to talk about these women and their era.

Guests

Matthew Goodman

author of "The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists."

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from EIGHTY DAYS: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World Copyright © 2013 Matthew Goodman. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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