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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun( )
Author: Hansberry, Lorraine
Series title:Methuen Modern Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-413-76240-5
Publication Date:Aug 2006
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Imprint:Methuen Drama
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $23.95
Book Description:

In south side Chicago, Walter Lee, a black chauffer, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. But his mother uses the money to buy a house for the family. Mr Lindner, a representative of the all-white neighbourhood, tries to buy them out.

Book Details
Pages:114
Detailed Subjects: Drama / American / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):13 x 19.8 x 1 cm
Book Weight:0.13 Kilograms
Author Biography
Hansberry, Lorraine (Author)
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.

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