L. was born on 15 May 1883
in Riga, Latvia. He attended a private school and
learned Hebrew through his father. At the age of
thirteen he began to write under the pseudonym "Der
blonder yid" in the local German newspaper. When he
was young he joined the Bundist movement and traveled as
a party member across Lithuania and Poland. Also for several years
he settled in Turmes. In 1905 he began his journalistic
activities in the Yiddish and Bundist press.
In 1906 he immigrated to
America, where L. participated in the Yiddish
socialistic press (of David Pinski's "Arbiter" until the
"Forward", then the communist "Freyheyt" and back to the
L. translated Ostrovsky's
drama "Dikarka" [Di vilde], which was staged on 29 May
1919 under the direction of Osip Dymov in Thomashefsky's
National Theatre with Bessie Thomashefsky in the title
role, and Ernst Toller's "Hinkemann" ["Der blutiker
gelekhter (Hinkemann), a tragedy in 3 acts and 7 scenes
by Ernst Toller, with a forward by Profesor F. Kogan,
Yiddish by Liliput, New York "Freyheyt", 1924 [p. 80,
12°] which was staged on 14 February 1924 by Maurice
Schwartz in his Yiddish Art Theatre.
L. had also in "Di varheyt"
and in the "Freyheyt" printed reviews about the Yiddish
Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of
Yiddish Literature", Vol. III, pp. 777-79.