"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959. Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun." "The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun," said The New York Times. "It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic." This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.
Author: Lorraine Hansberry
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Release Date: 1984-01
"A raisin in the sun" was seen as changing American theatre forever. Miss Hansberry forced both blacks and whites to re-examine the deferred dreams of black America. "Raisin" is about how the Younger family will spend a 10,000 dollars insurance payment it has received after its patriarch's death - and about whether the family will move into a now affordable new home in a hostile, lily-white neighbourhood. The real drama, however, is the battle for the soul and identity of Walter Lee Younger, the family's son.
Author: Rebecca Ann Rugg
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Release Date: 2012-04-15
Winner of 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner of 2012 Tony Award for Best Play In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun energized the conversation about how Americans live together across lines of race and difference. In Reimagining ?A Raisin in the Sun,” Rebecca Ann Rugg and Harvey Young bring together four contemporary plays?including 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Clybourne Park?that, in their engagement with Hansberry's play, illuminate the tensions and anxieties that still surround neighborhood integration. The conversation around A Raisin in the Sun has continued unabated since its premiere fifty years ago. Rugg and Young's book will serve as a valuable resource to fans, scholars, and students alike.
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Author: Philip Rose
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts
(Limelight). "Philip Rose was in the right place so many times and he was the right person to be in those places. In this book he has written about the times and the people who lived in those times. He has written about history. To speak exactly, Philip Rose has made history. I welcome this book." Maya Angelou
Author: Charles Limley
Publisher: Hyperink Inc
Release Date: 2011-12-14
Genre: Study Aids
Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Lorraine Hansberry was born May 19, 1930 and grew up, like the characters in A Raisin in the Sun, in Chicago's South Side. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, but left in 1950 before graduating. She then moved to New York City where she began working as a writer. A Raisin in the Sun is her most well known work. It was first produced on Broadway in 1959, and its success made Hansberry the first African American playwright to win the Best Play of the Year Award from the New York Drama Critics. Hansberry's promising career was cut short, however, when she died January 12, 1965 of pancreatic cancer. A Raisin in the Sun has become a landmark in American literature and drama. James Baldwin gave high praise to the work, writing that never before in the entire history of the American theater had so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stag. First produced in 1959 when Hansberry was only 29 years old, it won the Best Play Award of the New York Drama Critics. It has since been adapted for film, television, and musical theater, and has been performed thousands of times around the United States, as well as on stages around the world in over 30 languages. Along with the popular and critical acclaim of the original stage production, these various adaptations of A Raisin in the Sun have been nominated for multiple Tony Awards, Cannes Festival Awards, and several Golden Globe awards.