Ten Days in a Mad-House

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Ten Days in a Mad-House
Author Nellie Bly
Country United States
Language English
Genre Investigative journalism
Publisher Ian L. Munro
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback and paperback)
Pages 96

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.[1][2] 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 an insane asylum. She then investigated the reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island.[2]


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. The grand jury also ensured that future examinations were more thorough such that only the seriously ill were committed to the asylum.

Film adaptation[edit]

An independent film version of 10 Days in a Madhouse, written and directed by Timothy Hines, starring Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly Le Brock and Julia Chantrey, was released in 2015 from Pendragon Pictures.[3][4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bill DeMain. "Ten Days in a Madhouse: The Woman Who Got Herself Committed". mental floss. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b TIME Staff (2009-04-12). "Top 10 Literary Stunts". Time. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  3. ^ 10 Days in a Mad House, IMDb page.
  4. ^ 10 Days in a Mad House official website.
  5. ^ STUDIES: Women still struggle in male-dominated film industry, Tom Henderson, Filmfiles.tv.[dead link]

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