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  • My own interest in Bethlem and madness came from a number of sources; the onomatopoeic clangour of the word Bedlam itself, suggesting an infernal din, like a bedstead falling downstairs, somehow echoed in the vast Victorian asylum near my childhood home, and its noisy but harmless residents, who occasionally spilled out into the streets, weeping and shouting.


  • Whether that enemy bears the name Bedlam, it is nothing compared to the danger we presently face.


  • Reading her blog Adventures in Bedlam I came across her post Three Favourite Books of All Time which got me thinking about the commonalities between reading and writing, and that perhaps there were many more layers to “writing what you read”.

    Common Threads in Reading and Writing « Write Anything

  • Now, the harshest of these tunes, musically speaking and lyrically, was a song from our last record, The Delivery Man, called Bedlam, which is a retelling of the nativity story in the reality of a modern refugee situation.

    Costello and Toussaint, 'A River in Reverse'

  • The name Bedlam is a corruption of the Hebrew "Bethlehem" -- meaning the House of

    A Psychiatric Milestone Bloomingdale Hospital Centenary, 1821-1921

  • She is as absolutely wild with joy as anything in Bedlam is mad, and all that she says is so strangely disjointed that one who did not know her would think she were a very odd body.

    Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)

  • [7] Peg Nicholson [8] is only in Bedlam Tom Paine is treated with lenity [9] — but woe be to him who dares attack the divine right of Schoolmasters to flog or who presumes to think that boys should neither be punished absurdly or indecently. vires acquirit eundo [10] says somebody of something I forget who or what.

    Letter 27

  • By the time Wilkie Collins wrote Woman in White in 1860, there were many private and public asylums, including the long established Bethlem Hospital (from which we get the word Bedlam), now the Imperial War Museum.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • This is where we get the word Bedlam: A scene or state of wild uproar or confusion; an insane asylum or madhouse.

    NYT > Opinion

  • “There are,” the Green Dragon began abruptly, “bad feelings between the drakes and those who bear the name Bedlam.



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  • Little mary's of bethleham mental instetute.

    February 3, 2010