Nellie Bly (1864-1922) was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran, whose best-known works are Ten Days in a Mad-House and Around the World in Seventy-Two Days. A pioneer of investigative journalism, her work often focused on issues of corruption and poverty and gave voice to disenfranchised groups. She first wrote for the Pittsburgh Dispatch, where she became a foreign correspondent in Mexico, and later for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and the New York Evening Journal, covering stories including the Pullman Railroad strike and the 1913 women's suffrage convention and profiling figures including Susan B. Anthony and anarchist Emma Goldman. Bly died of pneumonia in 1922. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, Laural teaches college in her home state of Michigan.Présentation de l'éditeur :
Investigative journalist Nellie Bly once pretended to be insane in order to investigate for herself reports of abuse and mistreatment at New York’s infamous insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. After a night of feigning delusional expressions, Bly convinced unsuspecting workers at a boarding house she was, in fact, insane. She was then examined by several medical doctors and professionals, all of who likewise declared her insane. Her accounts were first published as a series of articles in World and later published in book form, which documented her ten-day harrowing account in which she witnessed first-hand how the city’s unfortunate are fed and treated; the terrors of cold baths and cruel, unsympathetic nurses; attendants who harass and abuse patients and laugh at their miseries. Her exposé, while poignant and chilling, resulted in sweeping reforms and an increase to the state’s budget to care for the unfortunate, improving the living conditions for all those unfortunate enough to call Blackwell’s Island “home”. Her account brought her widespread and lasting fame.
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