1. John Brisben Walker was the publisher for what monthly magazine?
The New Yorker
2. What was Nellie Bly's job?
3. What was Nellie Bly attempting to do?
Go around the world faster than anyone had before her
Win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism
Be the first female publisher of a magazine
Get a job as an investigative reporter
1. The Cosmopolitan
2. Investigative reporter
3. Go around the world faster than anyone had before her
On the morning of November 14, 1889, John Brisben Walker, the wealthy publisher of the monthly magazine The Cosmopolitan, boarded a New Jersey ferry bound for New York City. Like many other New Yorkers, he was carrying a copy of The World, the most widely read and influential newspaper of its time. A front-page story announced that Nellie Bly, The World's star investigative reporter, was about to undertake the most sensational adventure of her career: an attempt to go around the world faster than anyone ever had before. Sixteen years earlier, in his popular novel, Jules Verne had imagined that such a trip could be accomplished in eighty days; Nellie Bly hoped to do it in seventy-five.