LIPE RODESCU (ca. 1854-July 18, 1896)
His original name was Lipe-Meyer Rudikh. He was tied to the Yiddish stage in Romania in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Further biographical information remains unknown. He was the author of Purim plays and holiday sheets. He edited: the weekly newspaper Kol rine, lieder galerye, komishe moralishe lieder und a shehner feileton, ershaynt yede vokhe (Sound of rejoicing, poetry gallery, comic moralistic poetry and a beautiful feuilleton, published each week) (Bucharest, 1883-1884); and Hagiber (Strong man) (Bucharest, September 1886-Galați, April 1887). In the latter he published a novel entitled A meshumed in der mishpokhe (A convert in the family). He wrote feature pieces and songs which were sung in Moldavia at weddings and in the theater called “Lipeles lider” (Lipe’s songs). In book form: Lipeles verk, zehr sheyne und naye lieder velkhe nokh biz yetts nisht gidrikt givorin und iberal geshpilt givorin (Lipe’s work, very beautiful and new poems which until now have not been published and staged everywhere) (Bacăŭ: H. Margulius, 1882), 28 pp.; and the one-act play, Di tsavoe (The will) (Bucharest, 1886?).
Sources: Zamlbukh, likhvoyd dem tsvey hundert un fuftsikstn yoyvl fun der yidisher prese 1686-1936 (Anthology in honor of the 250th jubilee of the Yiddish press, 1686-1936) (New York, 1937), pp. 302, 318-23; Natan Mark, Sifrut yidish beromanya (Yiddish literature in Romania) (Tel Aviv, 1973), pp. 27, 32, 35.
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 496.