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.

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, is currently in post-production (2015), from Pendragon Pictures.[3][4][5]


  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, Website.
  5. ^ STUDIES: Women still struggle in male-dominated film industry, Tom Henderson, Filmfiles.tv.

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