Date/Time: Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Place: Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium - Alabama Archives

Topic: “Montgomery’s Daughter: The Literary Life of Sara Haardt Mencken”

Speaker: Ann Henley

"Montgomery’s Daughter: The Literary Life of Sara Haardt Mencken” will be presented by Ann Henley at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, July 17th at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium.

photo of Sara Haardt Mencken
Sara Haardt Mencken

In her brief lifetime, Montgomery native Sara Haardt published an impressive array of short stories and essays. Even though she achieved literary success of her own, she is often remembered today as the wife of the well known columnist-publisher-critic H. L. Mencken. Dr. Henley’s presentation will emphasize the literary achievements that place her among the forerunners of the southern literary renaissance. In addition to discussing some representative stories and essays, she will look at aspects of Sara Haardt Mencken’s Montgomery background that provided her not only the characters, themes, and settings but also with the confidence and courage that enabled her to establish herself as a woman of letters.

Ann Henley is a graduate of Millsaps College, Jackson Mississippi (B.A.), the University of Houston (M.A.), and the University of Alabama (PhD), where her dissertation on architectural analogy in Virginia Woolf’s essays and novels was awarded the University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dr. Henley has written numerous articles on women writers and she is editor of Southern Souvenirs: Selected Stories and Essays of Sara Haardt. She is a lecturer in the English Department of North Carolina State University. In addition to British literature courses, Dr. Henley teaches courses in literature and medicine. She is currently at work on an anthology, Literature, Medicine, and Society, and a book on Virginia Woolf.

The noontime (12:05 PM) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.

For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.

Created: June 26, 2003
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435