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Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was an American author. She was an assistant editor at Cosmopolitan magazine in New York. When the newspaper's owner, John Brisben Walker, heard about Nellie Bly's trip around the world, he decided that he would make it a two-woman race. Bisland travelled west by train to San Francisco, then took a ship to the Orient. Her works include: In Sev Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was an American author. She was an assistant editor at Cosmopolitan magazine in New York. When the newspaper's owner, John Brisben Walker, heard about Nellie Bly's trip around the world, he decided that he would make it a two-woman race. Bisland travelled west by train to San Francisco, then took a ship to the Orient. Her works include: In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World (1891), The Secret Life: Being the Book of a Heretic (1906) and The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (1906).


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Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was an American author. She was an assistant editor at Cosmopolitan magazine in New York. When the newspaper's owner, John Brisben Walker, heard about Nellie Bly's trip around the world, he decided that he would make it a two-woman race. Bisland travelled west by train to San Francisco, then took a ship to the Orient. Her works include: In Sev Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929) was an American author. She was an assistant editor at Cosmopolitan magazine in New York. When the newspaper's owner, John Brisben Walker, heard about Nellie Bly's trip around the world, he decided that he would make it a two-woman race. Bisland travelled west by train to San Francisco, then took a ship to the Orient. Her works include: In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World (1891), The Secret Life: Being the Book of a Heretic (1906) and The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (1906).

40 review for In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I don't think anyone reads this who hasn't already read Nellie Bly's narrative of her trip around the world. Whereas Bly's book is about Nellie Bly (which is fine, because she's really interesting), Elizabeth Bisland's book is about the world and her dreamy perception of it, which is interesting, too. Reading this made me want to live in 1890 and travel the world with a couple of big steamer trunks. I don't think anyone reads this who hasn't already read Nellie Bly's narrative of her trip around the world. Whereas Bly's book is about Nellie Bly (which is fine, because she's really interesting), Elizabeth Bisland's book is about the world and her dreamy perception of it, which is interesting, too. Reading this made me want to live in 1890 and travel the world with a couple of big steamer trunks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frances Thompson

    While researching the story of Nellie Bly for a work project recently I stumbled upon the story of Elisabeth Bisland, and subsequently her memoir of her travels around the world in 76 days, a challenge she reluctantly undertook at the insistence of her newspaper editor who was keen to have one of his own female journalists take on the challenge that Bly was very publicly doing, i.e. to make Jules Verne's novel Around the World in 80 Days a reality. While Bly is a much-documented, much talked abo While researching the story of Nellie Bly for a work project recently I stumbled upon the story of Elisabeth Bisland, and subsequently her memoir of her travels around the world in 76 days, a challenge she reluctantly undertook at the insistence of her newspaper editor who was keen to have one of his own female journalists take on the challenge that Bly was very publicly doing, i.e. to make Jules Verne's novel Around the World in 80 Days a reality. While Bly is a much-documented, much talked about and indeed pioneering journalist of her time (her investigative journalism took her undercover in a mental institution and her report on the horrors she witnessed was incremental in changing mental health practice in USA in the late 19th century), due to Bisland arriving back in New York four days later, little is known about "the other woman". In attempt to find out more, I downloaded the ebook version of this book and think it's possibly the best £2.00 I've spent in the last year or so. Eloquent and elegant, yet equally self-deprecating and openly humbled by her experience - one that she was honestly petrified by - following a young woman on her journey around the world, travelling solo, in the 1880s was like stepping back in time and understanding a period of history and travel that has long gone. And yet many of Bisland's observations rang true to me, recalling my own observations of the tropics, the colour of the sea and the feeling of being a million miles from home and yet very close to where you should be in life. I urge anyone with a molecule of wanderlust in their bones to read this original and insightful account of travel in an age now long behind us.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    On exactly the same day (November 14th, 1889) that female New York journalist Nellie Bly set out to beat the fictional target set by Phileas Fogg of going around the world in 80 days, Elizabeth Bisland did the same for a rival publication. Seemingly unaware that she was racing against anything but the clock, Elizabeth's route was the same as Nellie's, only in the opposite direction, starting out across the length of America on speed train, then onto Japan, with England the last port of call befo On exactly the same day (November 14th, 1889) that female New York journalist Nellie Bly set out to beat the fictional target set by Phileas Fogg of going around the world in 80 days, Elizabeth Bisland did the same for a rival publication. Seemingly unaware that she was racing against anything but the clock, Elizabeth's route was the same as Nellie's, only in the opposite direction, starting out across the length of America on speed train, then onto Japan, with England the last port of call before the final journey home. Having read Bly's book immediately beforehand, it became quickly apparent that Bisland was a completely different type of woman. The fanfare she received was not so great, yet the attention it brought her was not something she enjoyed at all. More a poetess than an adventuress, her round the world dash is more a series of painterly impressions than breathless journalistic copy. She writes so much better than Bly, so much so that I will quote a couple of illustrative passages later. I liked her description of San Francisco for a Yankee seeing the West for the first time: 'the whole atmosphere of the place is charged with a vigorous, disrespectful sort of youth'. Japan she likened to fairyland, it completely and utterly entranced her. She praises their art and finds it realistic of the countries 'atmosphere of gay grotesquerie – of delicate fantasticality – its crisp and fragile fairy likeness'. This is how she describes sunset on the Pacific Ocean: 'There are no pageants of sunsets. The burning ball, undimmed by any cloud, falls swiftly and is quenched in the ocean, and after an instant of crepuscular violet the prodigious tide of light vanishes abruptly, like some vast conflagration blown out suddenly' Of a Buddhist temple in Ceylon she notes: 'Penetrating jasmine odors from altars heaped with stemless pink blossoms, and the Lord Buddha reclining on his elbow, drowsing in the hot semi-darkness among the stifling scents.' Not as outgoing as Bly, there is less incident in her account, for all the superior nature of the writing. I can't imagine her drinking the boys of the pressroom under the table, but she could probably write most of them off of the front page. It would have been better if she gave up the race and lingered in each country a little longer; she never even really mentions the clock anyway, apart from near the end when, due to some confusion, she crucially loses a few days. It took her 76 days all told, so she still beat Mr. Fogg. Just for one last example of her superior prose, here is what she records after awakening on the cross-country train after a blizzard of snow had fallen: 'Soft undulations, full and tender as the bosom of a sleeping mother, rose and fell far beyond the eye's reach, and melted into the sky. No tree or thicket broke the suave outlines, but where the thin silver veins of the streams slipped through the curves of the plain, slim, leafless willows hung, like glistening fringes'.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Bisland, a reporter for Cosmopolitan, was sent on this journey by her boss to try and compete with Nelly Bly's Around the World in 80 days (or less) trip for the New York World. Bly beat Bisland, completing her trip sooner. An interesting travelogue to listen to on Librivox. Bisland, a reporter for Cosmopolitan, was sent on this journey by her boss to try and compete with Nelly Bly's Around the World in 80 days (or less) trip for the New York World. Bly beat Bisland, completing her trip sooner. An interesting travelogue to listen to on Librivox.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)

    So after reading Nellie Bly's Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, I discovered that a rival newspaper had sent their own female reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, on the same journey, with the resulting book: In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World. (Full text found online here.) [And I'll eventually get around to reading this.] So after reading Nellie Bly's Around the World in Seventy-Two Days, I discovered that a rival newspaper had sent their own female reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, on the same journey, with the resulting book: In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World. (Full text found online here.) [And I'll eventually get around to reading this.]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pat Fox

    Nicely written account of Bisland's whirlwind trip around the world. Nicely written account of Bisland's whirlwind trip around the world.

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