About the Author
Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran, whose best-known works are Ten Days in a Mad-House and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days. A pioneer of investigative journalism, her work often focused on issues of corruption and poverty and gave voice to disenfranchised groups. She first wrote for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, where she became a foreign correspondent in Mexico, and later for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and the New York Evening Journal, covering stories including the Pullman Railroad strike and the 1913 women's suffrage convention and profiling figures including Susan B. Anthony and anarchist Emma Goldman. Bly died of pneumonia in 1922. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.
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