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(Biography) H(enry) L(ouis). 1880–1956, US journalist and literary critic, noted for The American Language (1919): editor of the Smart Set and the American Mercury, which he founded (1924)


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H(enry) L(ouis), 1880–1956, U.S. editor.
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Carlos had a Menckenian vocabulary, which he deployed with effortless and often hilarious ease.
Perhaps what's most exasperating about the Menckenian stripe of antisemitism is how it manifested itself even when he was presented with Jews he could not help but admire.
Bloom insists that he admires and respects most of these, though he sometimes fails, fortunately, to restrain his Menckenian wit.