The Incredible Nellie Bly: Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and Philanthropist

The Incredible Nellie Bly: Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and Philanthropist


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A visual biography of the groundbreaking investigative journalist

Born in 1864, Nellie Bly was a woman who did not allow herself to be defined by the time she lived in, she rewrote the narrative and made her own way.
Luciana Cimino’s meticulously researched graphic-novel biography tells Bly’s story through Miriam, a fictionalized female student at the Columbia School of Journalism in 1921. While interviewing the famous journalist, Miriam learns not only about Bly's more sensational adventures, but also about her focus on self-reliance from an early age, the scathing letter to the editor that jump-started her career as a newspaper columnist, and her dedication to the empowerment of women. In fact, in 1884, Bly was one of the few journalists who interviewed Belva Ann Lockwood, who was the first woman candidate for a presidential election—a contest that was ultimately won by Grover Cleveland—and Bly predicted correctly that women would not get the vote until 1920.
Of course Bly’s most well-known exploits are also covered—how she pretended to be mad in order to get institutionalized so she could carry out an undercover investigation in an insane asylum, and Bly's greatest feat of all, her journey around the world in 72 days—alone—which was unthinkable for a woman in the late 19th century. As Miriam learns more of Bly's story, she realizes that the most important stories are necessarily the ones with the most dramatic headlines, but the ones that, in Nellie’s words, “come from a deep feeling.”
This beautifully executed graphic novel paints a portrait of a woman who defied societal expectations—not only with her investigative journalism, but with her keen mind for industry, and her original inventions.

Title:The Incredible Nellie Bly: Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and Philanthropist
Edition Language:English
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  • Melanie

    Reviewing digital arcs of graphic novels is often tricky because often they are not in colour and/or the text is hard to read. Still, I think this book is amazing and highly recommend putting it on yo...

  • Michelle

    It's 1921, thirty some odd years after Nellie Bly's expose on mental institutions and 1 year before her death. A young student from Columbia's School of Journalism dares to ring Nellie Bly's door plea...

  • Bridget Mutton

    Like others here I received an ARC on NetGalley, and whilst it sounded promising this copy at least was disappointing. Like others I found the text impossible to decipher at times, and whilst I don’...

  • Vanessa Menezes

    I was really excited to read this graphic novel on Nellie Bly because her story is really inspirational. I wanted to know more about her life, her struggles and accomplishments. I think this book has ...

  • Claire  (bookishpotatoes)

    *I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The Incredible Nellie Bly is set to be published March 2, 2021*3. 5 starsIf you are looking for a graphic novel that is both h...

  • Literary Redhead

    I really wanted to love this graphic novel. Its focus on pioneering investigative journalist Nellie Bly is an important one. But the translation to both Kindle and NetGalley Shelf apps made it impossi...

  • Vaiomo ?

    Thank you to the publisher for giving me a free copy of this comic in exchange for an honest review. I quite enjoyed this. I think the story had a lot of potential but failed in the execution of it al...

  • Milou

    I always like picking up these graphic novels which teach me about inspiring people or historical events I don’t know (enough) about. So when I saw this on Netgalley I immediatly requested it.Nellie...

  • Tex

    Reviewed as a result of NetGalley. As other readers of the advanced edition have said, the graphic images for text were sometimes too difficult to read so some nuance might have been lost (lost 1 star...

  • Joy

    There are some stories that never lose their impact, and the life and influence of Nelly Bly fall into that category. I teach Ten Days in a Mad House in my first-year college course, and this graphic ...