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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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(p.241) 23 THE DUEL OF SEX

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores another private aspect of Mencken that extended beyond his domesticity at home and his musical evenings with The Saturday Night Club. With his growing fame and America's repudiation of its Victorian and Puritan past, Mencken's social life entered a new phase. With the publication of his book, In Defense of Women, Mencken became known as “the German Valentino”, and his life was filled with a succession of girlfriends. When Marion Bloom decided to marry, another woman entered his life, Southern writer Sara Haardt.

Keywords:   In Defense of Women, Kay Laurell, Marion Bloom, Sara Haardt, Goucher College

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