Nellie Bly

The high point of Cochrane's career at the World began on November 14, 1889, when she sailed from New York to beat the record of Phileas Fogg, hero of Jules Verne's romance Around the World in Eighty Days.

The World built up the story by running daily articles and a guessing contest in which whoever came nearest to naming Cochrane's time in circling the globe would get a trip to Europe. There were nearly one million entries in the contest. Cochrane rode on ships and trains, in rickshas and sampans, on horses and burros.

On the final lap of her journey, the World transported her from San Francisco to New York by special train; she was greeted everywhere by brass bands, fireworks, and like panoply. Her time was 72 days 6 hours 11 minutes 14 seconds. The stunt made her famous.

Nellie Bly's Book: Around the World in Seventy-two Days (1890) was a great popular success, and the name Nellie Bly became a synonym for a female star reporter.


William Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew (1593?) was first published in the First Folio in 1623. This comedy contrasts the prim and conventional Bianca, who grows willful and disobedient over the course of the play, with the shrewish Katherine, who is finally tamed by Petruchio, her suitor and, finally, husband. Yet Katherine and Petruchio are clearly well matched in style and temperament, and Katherine’s speech at the end on the importance of obedience may be delivered with an obvious sense of how far this is from what she believes or even from what Petruchio really wants. Kiss Me Kate (1948), a musical based on The Taming of the Shrew, proved popular on stage, as did a motion-picture version of William Shakespeare's play in 1953 with actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. However, unless the action is played with its possible ironies clearly apparent, audiences today will likely find the play’s ostensible values difficult to take, especially the belief in the need to tame a wife.