Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

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The moving story of the life of the woman behind A Raisin in the Sun, the most widely anthologized, read, and performed play of the American stage

Written when she was just 28, Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark A Raisin in the Sun is listed by the National Theatre as one of the hundred most significant works of the 20th century. Hansberry was the first Black woman to have a play performed on Broadway and the first Black and youngest American playwright to win a New York Critics’ Circle Award.

Charles J. Shields’ authoritative biography of one of the 20th century’s most admired playwrights examines the parts of Lorraine Hansberry’s life that have escaped public knowledge: the influence of her upper-class background, her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament, the reason why she embraced communism during the Cold War, and her dependence on her White husband - her best friend, critic, and promoter. Many of the identity issues about class, sexuality, and race that she struggled with are relevant and urgent today.

This dramatic telling of a passionate life - a very American life through self-reinvention - uses previously unpublished interviews with close friends in politics and theater, privately held correspondence, and deep research to reconcile old mysteries and raise new questions about a life not fully described until now.

ISBN: 9781250205537

Published Date: January 18, 2022

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Language: English

Page Count: 367

Size: 9.56" l x 6.42" w x 1.24" h