Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly

by Deborah Noyes


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Work for a New York newspaper
Fall in love
Marry a millionaire
Change the world
Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the nineteenth century, when the few female journalists were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a major journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame: feigning insanity, being committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell's Island, and writing a shocking exposé of the clinic’s horrific treatment of its patients.
Nellie Bly became a household name as the world followed her enthralling career in “stunt” journalism that raised awareness of political corruption, poverty, and abuses of human rights. Leading an uncommonly full life, Nellie circled the globe in a record seventy-two days and brought home a pet monkey before marrying an aged millionaire and running his company after his death.
With its sensational (and true!) plot, Ten Days a Madwoman dares its readers to live as boldly as its remarkable heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803740174
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 780,873
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Deborah Noyes is the author of nonfiction and fiction for young readers and adults, including Encyclopedia of the End: Mysterious Death in Fact, Fancy, Folklore, and More, One Kingdom: Our Lives with Animals, and The Ghosts of Kerfol. She has also compiled and edited the short story anthologies Gothic!, The Restless Dead, and Sideshow. She would like to slide down banisters for a living, but writing is the next best thing.

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Table of Contents

1 The Gods of Gotham 1

2 More Than Anyone Would Believe 9

3 Strange Ambition 17

4 You Won't Get Out in a Hurry 27

5 Into the Madhouse 39

6 She Who Enters Hero 51

7 After an Item 61

8 Stunts and More Stunts 67

9 Around the World 73

10 Sightseeing (and Other Inconveniences) 81

11 Father Time Outdone 89

12 Industries of Magnitude 101

13 Good Fights Well Fought 115

Author's Note 120

Source Note 123

Bibliography 129

Acknowledgments 131

Picture Credits 132

Index 133

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