A Fresh Air (NPR) Best Book of the Year – 1994
Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist is the first and only fully documented biography of Bly and integrates a wealth of previously unknown information with a reporter’s zeal for the hard fact. It is the first attempt to give us this legendary figure in all her complexity: the most famous woman journalist of her day, an extraordinary American industrialist, and a compelling humanitarian. Hers is not only an inspiring personal tale, but the story of an exemplar of an age when American women were vigorously asserting their right–indeed, their need–to shape history itself.
From Chapter Four, “The World”:
“Bly would assay the universe through a special lens with her own peculiar tint, and the reader, seeing her name in the headline, knew he or she would be in for an excruciatingly detailed account of whatever she had encountered. How she approached the subject and how she felt about anything that came into her mind at the time, even the most extraneous details, were as essential to the telling as why she had reported the story in the first place. Unlike her unwitting heirs of the 1960s and 1970s, when the phrase New Journalism would come around again, it was not her wit or sarcasm or counter-culture stream-of-consciousness that delivered a ripe audience. It was her compassion and social conscience, buttressed by a disarming bluntness. There was no mind-splitting intellectual insight or noteworthy literary finesse. Bly simply produced, week after week, an uninhibited display of her delight in being female and fearless and her joy in having such an attention-getting place to strut her stuff. It was “gonzo” journalism cloaked in Victoriana. Even her detractors found her too astounding to ignore. . . .”
- PODCAST: Journalism History – Brooke Kroeger with Nick Hirshon on Nellie Bly
“… all before she was 25.”
- EVENT: Nellie Bly for the American Women Writers Museum, March 10, 2021
Presentation for the American Women Writers Museum, March 10, 2021:
- VIDEO: Nellie Bly for the Empire State Center for the Book via the Princeton Club of NYC, March 18, 2021
Youtube of presentation, for the Empire State Center for the Book via the Princeton Club of NYC, 18 March 2021:
- PODCAST: ABC [Australia] Radio: “Nightlife: This Week in History: Nellie Bly
“Indira Naioo is joined by biographer Brooke Kroeger who beautifully reveals the background and accomplishments by this pioneer, investigative journalist, business leader and inventor.”
- NOTICE: Brainpickings by Maria Popova “Nellie Bly Makes the News”
“Kroeger — who was moved by a biographical sketch of Bly she read when she was ten, then decided to write the first thorough, accurate biography of this inspiring but underappreciated role model when her own daughter turned ten — captures the animating force of Bly’s uncommon character. . . “
- NOTICE: Washington Post: She Went Undercover to Expose Insane Asylum Horrors and Now Nellie Bly Is Getting Her Due
“Two days later, on Oct. 9, 1887, the New York World printed the first part of Bly’s two-part illustrated series on the front page of the Sunday feature section. The blaring headlines of the second installment enticed readers: “Inside the Madhouse,” “Nelly Bly’s Experience in the Blackwell’s Island Asylum,” “How the City’s Unfortunate Wards are ...
- NOTICE: “The 23-Year-Old Woman Who Pioneered Investigative Journalism” – The Atlantic
“Women had no status in journalism when she started working,” Brooke Kroeger, Bly’s biographer, says in the film. “They weren’t in the newsrooms … The only roles for women were as columnists writing about society, about gardens, about fashion, about food.”
- NOTICE: The New York Times Book Review: New & Noteworthy, March 25, 2018
“ writing could flirt both with tedium and turgidity. Some stories seemed more truthy than truthful. But what stories!”
- NOTICE: Accademia Dei Sensi: Nellie Bly #Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi
GIOVEDÌ 25 GENNAIO 2018
#Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi
Buongiorno, oggi è il 25 gennaio.
Il 25 gennaio 1890 Nellie Bly completa il suo giro del mondo in 72 giorni.
A Washington, il Wall Street Journal l’ ha chiamata “la madre di tutte le giornaliste”.
è stata la prima, grande inviata della storia, una Barzini senior in gonnella, una ...
- NOTICE: American History Magazine: Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker, February 2018
At Jersey City’s Pennsylvania Station, officials welcome Nellie Bly home after her record-breaking 72-day global journey.
Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker
BY LIESL BRADNER
FEBRUARY 2018 • AMERICAN HISTORY MAGAZINE
Journalism took pioneering female reporter undercover and around the world in 72 days
NELLIE BLY STARED into the mirror, working hard on looking mad. “I had read how crazy people have ...
- Smithsonian: These Women Reporters Went Undercover To Get the Most Important Scoops Today
Writing Under Pseudonyms, the So-called Girl Stunt Reporters of the Late 19th Century Played a Major Role in Exposing the Nation’s Ills
By Kim Todd
These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Day | History | Smit
- NOTICE: Nellie Bly’s Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her Surprise, A Race
In 1889, the intrepid journalist under took her voyage, mainly by steamship and train, unknowingly competing against a reporter from a rival publication.
- NOTICE: Washington Post: “Nellie Bly’s Google Doodle’s 1st original song (Karen O) Salutes an American Original”
Nellie Bly Google Doodles First Original Song
Karen O Salutes an American Original
By Michael Cavna
Nellie Bly- Google Doodle’s 1st original song (Karen O) salutes an American original – The Washington Post
- NOTICE: American Journalism: “A Dozen Best: Top Biographies and Memoirs of Women in Print Journalism History” by Linda Lumsden
“Kroeger’s voluminous research—some might say too voluminous—shows Bly’s impact on journalism in the yellow-tinged era of William Randolph Hearst and her boss the innovative Joseph Pulitzer.”
- REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, paperback, 1996, American Journalism, Vol. 13, 1996, pp. 242-244
“It is rare when so comprehensive a book comes along so scarcely researched a topic, but that is what Brooke Kroeger dleivers with Nellie Bly. She gives us a masterpiece so thoroughly researched and so vivid in detail that it leaves the rader believing no stone has been left unturned, no record unchecked, no evidence ...
- REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist, American Journalism, Vol. 12, No. 4, Fall 1995
“This is not a biography of the ‘heroic’ vein but rather one that paints its subject in all the glowing detail of real life —warts and all.”
- REVIEW: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist – Journalism History, Vol. 20, Iss. 2, Summer 1994
“This is a much-needed book. The fact that there had never been a serious biography of arguably the most wellknown
woman journalist in America spoke poorly of the state of women in journalism history. That weakness has
been bolstered by Kroeger’s interesting and readable chronicle of the woman who raised stunt journalism to an art
form . . ...
- REVIEW: WOMEN’S REVIEW OF BOOKS – “The Personificaton of Pluck”
“Brooke Kroeger knows how to tell a splendid and gripping story . . .”
- REVIEW: NEW YORKER – “Nellie Bly”
“Kroeger has made a serious, interesting, scholarly book.”
- REVIEW: New York Observer, NPR Fresh Air – Review – “Nellie Bly’s Gonzo Journalism Cloaked in Victoriana”
“ archeologists . . . remembered right before they sealed up their excavation tunnels that they’d forgotten . . . the sarcophagus of King Tut.”
- REVIEW: WALL STREET JOURNAL – “The Mother of All Girl Reporters”
“Picture George Plimpton in a bustle, and you have an idea of the heroine of Brooke Kroeger’s “Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist.”
- REVIEW: WASHINGTON POST – Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist
” . . . Kroeger makes an impressive case for this most famous stunt girl as a multidimensional feminist.”
- REVIEW: NEW YORK TIMES – “Her Place Was in the News”
“An absorbing biography . . .”
- REVIEW: NEWSDAY – “More Work Less Talk”
“When it comes to Bly’s private life, Kroeger’s meticulous research pays off.”
- REVIEW; AMERICAN JOURNALISM – Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist
“Kroeger tells this story briskly and thoroughly. Her work is both a good read and an important historical rescue mission.”
THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, Katherine A. Powers
“Kroeger has pieced together a convincing and scrupulous picture of an extraordinary, courageous, sometimes disagreeable woman of her times.”
THE LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL
“Kroeger’s painstaking and diligent research has begun to tell the real story of Nellie Bly . . . The author has collected and compiled the details in a narrative that is witty, precise, amazing, and entertaining to read.