" Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. "
Mary Shelley

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Nellie Bly Goes Around the World

Elizabeth Jane Cochran, better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly, was a pioneer investigative reporter who allowed herself to be committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in order to expose the horrific treatment to which patients were subjected. In 1888, she embarked on a 24,899-mile journey around the world inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days; her trip, however, was somewhat shorter. How long did it take?



Bodleian Library

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The original library, destroyed in the reign of Edward VI, was replaced in 1602, chiefly through the efforts of Sir Thomas Bodley. The library has one of the great collections of English books, and its extensive manuscript collection is especially rich in biblical and Arabic material. Centuries of Oxford scholars have informally called it the what?

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf is viewed as one of the most important female writers of the 20th century. Foremost in the Bloomsbury Group of writers, she explored issues such as feminism, sexuality, warfare, and class struggle. Her novels include Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's Room, and To the Lighthouse. Woolf suffered from depression and ultimately drowned herself in 1942. Most of her posthumously published works were edited by whom?

Last updated on Thursday, 25th January 2007

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