Ten Days In A Mad-House (Illustrated Edition)

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Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (wrote as Nellie Bly) (1864- 1922) was an American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker. She is most famous for an undercover exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She is also well-known for her record-breaking trip around the world. Bly focused her early work for the Dispatch on the plight of working women, writing a series of investigative articles on female factory workers. She travelled to Mexico to serve as a foreign correspondent. In 1888, Nellie suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take a trip around the world, mimicking Jules Verne's book Around the World in Eighty Days. In 1894 she retired from journalism, and became the president of the Iron Clad Manufacturing Co. For a time she was one of the leading women industrialists in the United States, but mismanagement forced her into bankruptcy. Forced back into reporting, she covered such events as women's suffrage convention in 1913. Her works include: Ten Days in a Mad House (1887) and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days (1890).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409915706
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 1,135,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Recommended - very interesting for the time period

    For the time period going undercover in a madhouse to expose the cruelties was genius. This is a very good eBook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Not worth the $$

    This book is available free online...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Woman Goes Under Cover in 19th Century Asylum Ten Days in a Ma

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Wonderfuj

    Nellie bly rrocks

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    Recommmended

    A simple read. Interesting for the time frame that it was written in. Was expecting a little bit more story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I downloaded the free sample and it was over two hundred pages

    I havrnt finished it yet but it is really good. But i think i got the book free

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Fascinating!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    What's wrong with this?

    Can't get it to go past page 2

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