Ten Days In a Mad-House

Ten Days In a Mad-House

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by Nellie Bly
     
 

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Ten Days in a Mad-House is a book written by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly and published by Ian L. Munro in New York City in 1887. The book comprised Bly's reportage for the New York World while on an undercover assignment in which she feigned insanity to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island.

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Ten Days in a Mad-House is a book written by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly and published by Ian L. Munro in New York City in 1887. The book comprised Bly's reportage for the New York World while on an undercover assignment in which she feigned insanity to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island.

The book's graphic depiction of conditions at the asylum caused a sensation which brought Bly lasting fame and prompted a grand jury to launch its own investigation with Bly assisting. The jury's report resulted in an $850,000 increase in the budget of the Department of Public Charities and Corrections.

Includes "Miscellaneous Sketches: Trying to be a Servant," and "Nellie Bly as a White Slave."

Includes a biography of the Author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014381772
Publisher:
DB Publishing House
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
114
Sales rank:
672,277
File size:
3 MB

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Ten Days In A Mad-House (Illustrated Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Woman Goes Under Cover in 19th Century Asylum Ten Days in a Mad-House is the true account of female journalist Nellie Bly as she took on an undercover assignment investigating the inner working of a mental institution in New York in 1887. The fact that Bly took the risk of getting herself committed, knowing that conditions would be grim, says a lot about her bravery and dedication to journalistic integrity. Over the counrse of ten days, Bly (who expressed surprised at how easily she was pronounced insane) experienced the poor conditions of Blackwell's Island alongside her fellow inmates. She soon found that with inedible food, no heat, filthy water, abusive "nurses", and total seclusion it was no wonder the women had gone insane. Bly viewed them with sympathy and felt that many of them were not, in fact, "crazy", but depressed, sick, or victimized. Bly was soon released and shared her finding in The York World. Her time at Blackwell's Island provided fascinating and disturbing insight into the treatment of mentally ill patients and did result in reform. You might think that a book about mental illness and a corrupt system would be hard to get through, but it is a surprisingly quick read. Bly has a very engaging style of writing and the first-person descriptions are engrossing. She was something of an anomaly in her time, but her risks paid off for the future of the mental health field. Bly had this to say when approached by her editor with the idea of going under cover. "I said I would and I could. And I did." Yes she did. Most of us would not have done the same. A great read for those who enjoy investigative journalism or who are interested in learning more about 19th century asylums. To the latter, I must also recommend Seeing the Insane by Sander Gilman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nellie bly rrocks
ladydrmr More than 1 year ago
For the time period going undercover in a madhouse to expose the cruelties was genius. This is a very good eBook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is available free online...
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MaggieRO More than 1 year ago
A simple read. Interesting for the time frame that it was written in. Was expecting a little bit more story.
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I havrnt finished it yet but it is really good. But i think i got the book free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the writing style of this book isn't my favorite, the fact that she took on this subject and was "allowed" to pursue it was very interesting. Results of her investigation definitely prompted changes within the system!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't get it to go past page 2
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's just the online text cut and pasted into book form. It's nice to have a book edition of this interesting text, but this book is not worth the money.