Summary

In 1887, Nellie Bly had herself committed to the notorious Blackwell's Island insane asylum in New York City with the goal of discovering what life was like for its patients. While there, she experienced firsthand the shocking abuse and neglect of its inmates, from inedible food to horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Ten Days in a Mad-House is Bly's expose of the asylum.
Written for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, Bly's account chronicles her 10 days at Blackwell's Island and, upon its publication, drew public attention to the abuse of the institutionalized and led to a grand jury investigation of the facility. Ten Days in a Mad-House established Bly as a pioneering female journalist and remains a classic of investigative reporting. This edition also includes two of Bly's shorter articles: "Trying to Be a Servant" and "Nellie Bly as a White Slave".
Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 30-08-17

captivating and unnerving

a captivating story taking you into the asylum and also the late 19c American era. wonderful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dana B. on 29-10-16

Laurel Merlington was the perfect voice to narrate

She was able to tell this story so well, I felt like I was listening to Nellie Bly herself. She made it interesting and easy to distinguish by giving different characters different times of voice and accents. The story was great too, I felt like I was there with Nellie as she endured hardship to help the people have a better life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By missmarples on 25-03-13

Great Book

If you could sum up Ten Days in a Mad-House in three words, what would they be?

Courageous investigative reporting.

What did you like best about this story?

Being able to get the real story on how innocent people are illegally put away and mistreated by the very people who have taken an oath to care for mankind.

Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

Nelly Brown of course!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the torture of sick and not so sick human beings incarcerated by the health system and getting away with all of it.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for opening the eyes of the public with your Incredible and extremely brave trip to the Mad House.

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