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MenckenThe American Iconoclast$
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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THE SEA OF MATRIMONY

THE SEA OF MATRIMONY

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(p.340) 31 THE SEA OF MATRIMONY
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0032

Sara Haardt began to fill the void left by Mencken's mother. She became a comfortable presence who exacted less demands on him than any other woman in his life, and who, despite her physical ailments, refused to cast herself in the role of victim or martyr. In 1929, Sara was faced with a recurrence of tuberculosis, and doctors told Mencken that she had only three more years to live. Mencken vowed to marry Sara, and make these the happiest years of her life.

Keywords:   Sara Haardt, tuberculosis, Aileen Pringle

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