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H. L. Mencken's relationship with Sara Haardt ended when Sara Haardt died on 1935. They had been married for 5 years.

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H. L. Mencken

Media - Journalist

Why Famous: The American Language, book

Age: 75 (9/12/1880 - 1/29/1956)

 

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Sara Haardt

Other - Spouse

Why Famous: Wife of H. L. Mencken

Age: 37 (1898 - 1935)

 

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Event Start Date Length
Dating 1923 --
Engaged n/a --
Married 1930 5 years
Deceased 1935 --
 Total12 years

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Where and/or how did H. L. Mencken and Sara Haardt meet?

The two met in 1923 after Mencken delivered a lecture at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Why did H. L. Mencken and Sara Haardt break up?

Haardt was in poor health from tuberculosis throughout their marriage and died of meningitis, leaving Mencken grief-stricken.

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The marriage made national headlines and many were surprised that Mencken, who once called marriage "the end of hope" and who was well known for mocking relations between the sexes, had gone to the altar.

The marriage made national headlines, and many were surprised that Mencken, who once called marriage "the end of hope" and who was well known for mocking relations between the sexes, had gone to the altar. Even more startling, Mencken was marrying an Alabama native despite his having written scathing essays about the American South.

Mencken always supported Sara's writing and after her death had a collection of her short stories published under the title Southern Album.

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Classic Quotes by H. L. Mencken and Sara Haardt about their relationship:

"The Holy Spirit informed and inspired me," Mencken said. "Like all other infidels, I am superstitious and always follow hunches: this one seemed to be a superb one." H. L. Mencken

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