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In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World by Elizabeth Bisland

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In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World by Elizabeth Bisland is a captivating travel memoir that takes readers on a thrilling journey across the globe. Bisland chronicles her adventurous trip around the world in just 75 days, an impressive feat considering the time period in which she undertook her travel.

Through vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling, Bisland takes readers on a whirlwind tour of various countries and cultures, from exotic ports in the Far East to bustling cities in Europe. Her keen observations and insightful reflections offer readers a glimpse into the diverse landscapes and peoples she encounters along the way.

What sets this travel memoir apart is Bisland's unique perspective as a female traveler in the late 19th century. At a time when female travelers were uncommon, Bisland boldly embarks on her journey, defying societal norms and expectations. Her courage and determination shine through in her writing, making her a truly inspiring figure.

In Seven Stages is a delightful read that will appeal to armchair travelers and history buffs alike. Bisland's evocative prose and adventurous spirit make this a travel memoir worth savoring. Overall, it is an engaging and enlightening account of an extraordinary journey around the world.

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In November 1889, the New York World announced that it was sending its reporter Nellie Bly around the world, in a bid to beat Phileas Fogg's fictitious 80-day journey in Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Catching wind of this publicity stunt, John Brisben Walker, who had just purchased the three-year-old and still-fledging Cosmopolitan, decided to dispatch Bisland on her own journey.] Six hours after being recruited, Bisland departed westward from New York. Meanwhile, Bly left on a steamer headed to Europe, both on the same day—November 14, 1889. The journeys were keenly followed by the public, though Bly, sponsored by the more sensationalistic and popular New York World , appeared to get more attention than Bisland and the genteel Cosmopolitan, which only published monthly. - Summary by Wikipedia

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