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Sara Powell Haardt
March 1, 1898
|Died||May 31, 1935 (aged 37)|
|Cause of death||Meningitis|
|Alma mater||Goucher College|
|Occupation||Novelist, professor, writer|
|Spouse(s)||H. L. Mencken (1930-35, her death)|
Sara Haardt (March 1, 1898 – May 31, 1935) was an American author and professor of English literature. Though she died at the age of 37 of meningitis, she produced a considerable body of work including newspaper reviews, articles, essays, a novel The Making of a Lady, several screenplays and over 50 short stories. She is central to John Barton Wolgamot's notorious book-length poem, "In Sara Mencken, Christ and Beethoven there were men and women" (1944), recorded by the composer Robert Ashley.
Early life and education
Sara Powell Haardt was born March 1, 1898, to Venetia Hall Haardt and German American John Anton Haardt in Montgomery, Alabama, the eldest of five children. She attended the Margaret Booth School. In 1920, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. While still an undergraduate at Goucher, she had become a professional writer, writing for literary reviews and popular periodicals.
She was immediately hired to teach at Goucher College in the English Department upon graduation.
Her short story "Absolutely Perfect" won her a nomination for the O. Henry Prize in 1933.
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