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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers '81 Speaks About Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Release date: February 01, 2006

Known as “the Baron of Baltimore” and “the American Nietzsche,” journalist, satirist, and social critic H.L. Mencken was one of 20th century America’s most influential voices. In her new book, Mencken: The American Iconoclast, Goucher alumna Marion Elizabeth Rodgers ’81 paints a vivid picture of one of Baltimore’s favorite sons—based in part on Goucher College’s archive of love letters written by Mencken to Goucher alumna Sara Haardt.

On Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Goucher College’s Haebler Memorial Chapel, Rodgers will speak about her book. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a meticulous portrait of one of the most original and complicated men in American letters,” and praised by Kirkus Reviews as “the best biography of Mencken to date,” Mencken: The American Iconoclast draws on research from more than 60 archives, including private collections in the U.S. and Germany, FBI files, and Goucher’s own archive of love letters exchanged by Mencken and his future wife, Goucher alumna Sara Haardt ’20.

Mencken: The American Iconoclast is only Rodgers’ latest book exploring the notorious Baltimore Sun reporter’s life and times; she is also the editor of The Impossible H.L. Mencken: A Collection of His Best Newspaper Stories and Mencken and Sara: A Life in Letters: The Private Correspondence of H.L. Mencken and Sara Haardt.

Rodgers’ Goucher appearance is co-sponsored by the Schroedl Lecture, the Friends of the Goucher College Library, and the Alumnae/i Association.

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