Ten Days in a Mad-House

ISBN-10: 146369539X
ISBN-13: 9781463695392
Edition: 2011
Authors: Nellie Bly
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Description: Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at mental asylums. After a night of practicing deranged expressions in front of a mirror, she checked into a working-class  More...

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Book details

List price: $6.94
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 7/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Nellie Bly took an undercover journalist assignment to pretend to be insane to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at mental asylums. After a night of practicing deranged expressions in front of a mirror, she checked into a working-class boarding-house where she feigned insanity so well that everyone was convinced. She was then examined by several doctors, who all declared her to be insane, too.Committed to an asylum, Bly experienced its dire conditions firsthand: horrible spoiled food; the patients mistreated and abused; unclean and unsanitary conditions. Furthermore, speaking with her fellow patients, Bly was convinced that some were as sane as she was. After ten days, Bly was released from the asylum with her editor's help and she published her experience in book form as "Ten Days in a Mad-House." It caused a sensation and brought her lasting fame. More importantly, thanks to this book, living conditions for the insane were improved and funds for their care were increased.

Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was a reporter, activist, and businesswoman who is celebrated as one of America's most famous and influential journalists. She is best known for the undercover assignment that resulted in the book Ten Days in a Mad-House and her race to circle the globe faster than the hero of Jules Verne's popular novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

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