Lorraine Hansberry Collection: A Raisin in the Sun / To Be Young, Gifted and Black/ Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out

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Lorraine Hansberry wrote of Black consciousness before it was fashionable, but she bequeathed to all of us a legacy astounding in its richness and relevancy. Few writers, black or white, are more relevant to present-day America than Lorraine Hansberry.

Here, for the first time, Caedmon has gathered many of her plays, interviews, and speeches into one unforgettable collection.

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Overview

Lorraine Hansberry wrote of Black consciousness before it was fashionable, but she bequeathed to all of us a legacy astounding in its richness and relevancy. Few writers, black or white, are more relevant to present-day America than Lorraine Hansberry.

Here, for the first time, Caedmon has gathered many of her plays, interviews, and speeches into one unforgettable collection.

A Raisin in the Sun: an emotionally lacerating landmark of modem American theatre. A full-cast production starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: a glowing, vibrant, searing and, at the same time, redemptively joyous self-portrait. A full-cast production starring James Earl Jones.

Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out: seven interviews and speeches, recorded between 1959 and 1964, that range in topic from integration to backlash to the greatness and limitations of AfricanAmerican leadership.

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Editorial Reviews

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Available for the first time on CD, this title celebrating the work of the titular American playwright features a remixed recording of a 1969 production of A Raisin in the Sun, with outstanding performances by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; a remixed recording of a 1972 production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black, starring James Earl Jones; and Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out, a collection of seven interviews and speeches recorded from 1959 to 1964. The volume of the performances on these recordings is frustrating for its unevenness, but the content is invaluable, reflecting turning points in American theater and literature. Essential for civil rights, theater, and history enthusiasts.—J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., Fitzgerald, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061768958
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
  • Pages: 5
  • Sales rank: 990,311
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest American playwright ever to win the Best American Play Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle. Her other worksinclude The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and Les Blancs. She died of cancer at thirty-four.

Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest American playwright ever to win the Best American Play Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle. Her other worksinclude The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and Les Blancs. She died of cancer at thirty-four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    ELECTRIC READINGS

    James Earl Jones, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee. Three of today's most prominent actors bring vital poignancy to the unforgettable words of Lorraine Hansberry. 'A Raisin In The Sun,' the first drama penned by a black woman to reach Broadway, electrified audiences when it opened in 1959. Loosely basing her play on an Illinois antisegregation case which her father won, Ms. Hansberry sets her story in south Chicago. In it, Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of improving his life. He hopes to use his father's money to open a liquor store. However, his mother is against the liquor business, and uses the money to buy a family home. Conflicts arise when someone from this all-white neighborhood attempts to buy them out. 'To Be Young Gifted and Black,' a compilation of Ms. Hansberry's writings appeared not only in book form but in 1969 was produced off-Broadway. Also included on this keepsake audio are seven of Ms. Hansberry's speeches and interviews recorded between 1959 and 1964. It is thrilling to hear her voice. Regrettably this gifted playwright and author died of cancer at the young age of 34. Her pen was stilled but her words are as relevant and moving today as when they were written.

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