Leane Zugsmith (18 January 1903 – 13 October 1969) was an American writer.[1][2]


Leane Zugsmith was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 18 January 1903 to Albert Zugsmith and Gertrude Appel.[3] She lived in New York City, where she became a leftist journalist,[4] proletarian writer and activist.[3] She and playwright Carl Randau formed a salon, where she entertained guests such as Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett, Heywood Broun, and Louis Kronenberger. She married Randau in 1940.[3][5] She later moved to small-town New England.[3]

She wrote novels and short stories.[6] Her novel All Victories Are Alike is about a disillusioned newspaper columnist. The Summer Soldier is about a civil rights committee that investigates allegations of violence against workers in a southern town.

American Naturalist writer Theodore Dreiser had a copy of Never Enough in his library.[7]

Her younger brother, Albert Zugsmith, was an American film producer, film director and screenwriter who specialized in low-budget exploitation films through the 1950s and 1960s.


  • All Victories Are Alike (1929)
  • Goodbye and Tomorrow (1931)
  • Never Enough: A Novel (1932)
  • The Reckoning (1934)
  • A Time to Remember (1936)
  • Home is Where You Hang Your Childhood and Other Stories (1937)
  • L is for labor: A glossary of labor terms (1937)
  • The Summer Soldier (1938)
  • Hard times with easy payments: Fifteen short stories from "P M " (1941)
  • The Setting Sun of Japan (1942, with husband Carl Randau)
  • The Visitor (1946, with husband Carl Randau)


  1. ^ Antler, Joyce (1990). America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers. Beacon Press. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0807036075. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wald, Alan M. (1994). Writing from the Left: New Essays on Radical Culture and Politics. Verso Books. p. 78. ISBN 978-1859849064. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ravitz, Abe C. (1992). Leane Zugsmith: Thunder on the Left. International Publishers. ISBN 978-0717807024. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hapke, Laura (2001). Labor's Text: The Worker in American Fiction. Rutgers University Press. p. 235. ISBN 978-0813528809. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hammett, Dashiell (2002). Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett. Counterpoint. p. 268. ISBN 978-1582430812. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Riess, Curt (1944). They Were There: The Story of World War II and How it Came About. Ayer Co Pub. p. 656. ISBN 978-0836920291. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mulligan, Roark. "Theodore Dreiser's Private Library". University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Retrieved April 25, 2012.