Writer, teacher, suffrage activist. Born– Montgomery, March 1, 1898. Parents– John Anton and Venetia Hall Haardt. Married– H.L. Mencken, August 27, 1930. Education– Graduate of Margaret Booth Preparatory School, Montgomery, 1916; B.A., Goucher College, 1920. Teacher at Margaret Booth and at Goucher. Active in women’s suffrage crusade in Alabama. Contributed short stories and essays to Century Magazine, Mercury, Vanity Fair, and other periodicals. Her novels and short stories examined the effects of peculiarly Southern attitudes toward women, marriage, money, and race, on Southern characters. Phi Beta Kappa.  Died May 31, 1935.


Files at Alabama Public Library Service; Mencken, by Carl Bode. Southern Illinois University Press, 1969.


The Love Story of an Old Maid; She Began to Love at Sixteen, but Waited–for What? Girard, Kan.; Haldeman-Julius, 1927.

The Making of a Lady. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1931.

Southern Album. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1936.

Southern Souvenirs:  Selected Stories and Essays of Sara Haardt.  University of Alabama Press, 1999.


The Library of Goucher College, Baltimore, holds the papers of Sara Powell Haardt in the Mencken Collection.