Ten Days in a Mad-House: A True Story of Brutality and Neglect

Ten Days in a Mad-House: A True Story of Brutality and Neglect

by Nellie Bly


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A True Story of Brutality and Neglect in an Insane Asylum

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Ten Days in a Mad-House

Nellie Bly

Ten Days in a Mad-House is a book by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly. It was initially published as a series of articles for the New York World. Bly later compiled the articles into a book, which was 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 at a women's boarding house, so as to be involuntarily committed to the Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum. She then investigated the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500719760
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2014
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 167,419
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 - January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane. She was a ground-breaking reporter known for a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. In addition to her writing, she was also an industrialist and charity worker.

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