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Undercover in an Asylum

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Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings 

Foreword by Maureen Corrigan; edited by Jean Marie Lutes (Penguin Books, 331 pages)

Working in a nuthouse is par for the course for journalists, but not many of us have committed ourselves to one. That’s exactly what the intrepid Nellie Bly did when she went undercover at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum in 1887. It was just one of the assignments that earned Bly a reputation as perhaps the gutsiest “girl reporter” of her day. Published to mark the 150th anniversary of her birth, this collection of Bly’s work was edited by Jean Marie Lutes, associate professor of English and director of academics for gender and women’s studies at Villanova University.