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Raisin in the Sun

ISBN-10: 0679755330
ISBN-13: 9780679755333
Edition: 1988 (Reprint)
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Description: When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New York Times.

American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career. Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964. Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

Life of the Author
Hansberry's Major Works
List of Characters
Raisin Genealogy
A Brief Synopsis
Introduction to the Play
Summaries and Critical Commentaries
Character Analyses
Critical Essays
Suggested Essay Questions
Related Research Projects
Selected Bibliography

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