Ten Days in a Mad-House

  • by Nellie Bly
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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".


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more than 10 days in a mad house for me

it took me a couple weeks to get through this book. I just couldn't get into it. I'm not saying its bad ...just really slow and boring. but it was interesting to hear how things were back in the day.
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- Lauren A. Painter

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Wanted to read this book before it plays in the local theater December 2015. Remembered the old movie Snake Pit and the ignorance surrounding mental illness along with the inhumane treatment of the patients. Seems as though the mentally ill ran the asylums. Hard to believe such things went on in our mental hospitals. Throughout history people had strange ideas about mental illness, like demon possession, spells etc. Very brave woman, Nellie, to become an inmate to write this story.
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- Amazon Customer "Osprey"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio