Further Reading

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Further Reading

The characters in this novel were fictional. However, some of those depicted in the mental hospital chapters were inspired by true events or stories that took place insane asylums between 1890 and 1970. The following resources provide further information on these individuals, as well as, lived experiences of other women committed to mental institutions.



The Willard Suitcase Project. "When Willard Psychiatric Center in New York's Finger Lakes closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Many of them appeared untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before entering the institution." http://www.suitcaseexhibit.org/index.php?section=about&subsection=suitcases

· Oregon State Hospital Museum. A private, 501(c)3 non-profit museum dedicated to telling the stories of the Oregon State Hospital and the people that have lived and worked here. Site includes personal stories from OSH Museum and photographs. http://oshmuseum.org

Nellie Bly, Ten Days In a Madhouse. "Nelly Bly feigned mental illness to report on conditions in the Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum. She lived at the institution for 10 days, observing physical cruelty, cold baths, and forced meals of old food. Her report of the cruelty prompted public and political action, which led to reform of the institution. She wrote about this experience in her first book, Ten Days in a Madhouse (1887)." (National Women's History Museum). http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/bly/madhouse/madhouse.html

· Ticott Follies

· An Angel at My Table

· The Bell Jar

· Article about rich woman

· Article about pretty woman committed for life for being "pleasant looking"

· Women and Madness

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