A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry
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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780451131195
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/1961
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lorraine Hansberry, at twenty-nine, became the youngest American, the fifth woman, and the first black playwright to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best Play of the Year. Her A Raisin in the Sun has since been published and produced in some 30 countries, while her film adaptation was nominated by the New York critics for the Best Screenplay and received a Cannes Film Festival Award. At thirty-four, during the run of her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer. In the years since her death, her stature has continued to grow. To Be Young, Gifted and Black, a dramatic portrait of the playwright in her own words, was the longest-running Off-Broadway drama of 1969, and has been recorded, filmed, and published in expanded book form, and has toured an unprecedented forty states and two hundred colleges. In 1986, following the stage production of the 25th anniversary of A Raisin in the Sun by the Roundabout Theatre in New York City, the play was widely acclaimed as in the foremost ranks of American classics. In 1990, the PBS American Playhouse TV adaptation of the 25th-anniversary version had one of the highest viewing audiences in PBS history. Les Blancs, her last play—posthumously performed on Broadway and recently in prominent regional theaters—has been hailed by a number of critics as her best.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In "A Raisin in the Sun", Lorraine Hansberry tells the story of a poor African-American family living in Chicago during the late 50's. She is able to accurately portray the struggles of poverty and racism that existed worldwide during the time period portrayed in the story concerning the effects that money has on certain people and the ways peoples of different ethnic backgrounds were treated. The story centers around the Younger family, which consists of Walter and his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and his mother, known as Mama. The initial conflict begins when a check for ten thousand dollars comes in the mail due to the recent passing of Walter's father. The Younger's, never being able to possess that amount of money, are unsure what to do with it. In their current state, the Younger's live in an apartment building in which they must pay rent every month, Beneatha needs money to pay for medical school, the apartment is becoming too small, especially since Ruth is expecting another baby, and the only real income is that of Walter who is a chauffer. Therefore, this money can help solve a lot of problems. But on the other hand, Walter and Mama have conflicting views on how the money should be spent. Walter, a man whose goal is to make a lot of money to support his family and live the American dream, wants to invest money in a liquor store which he believes will guarantee a steady influx of money for the family. However, Mama, a woman is only concerned about the well-being of her family and their happiness, believes that the money is best spent on a house that can finally be all theirs; this means no more paying rent to someone else and more space for the expected baby. Additional conflicts arise and new decisions have to be made. All play a large part in the plot that keeps the reader hooked until the unexpected chain of events that eventually lead to the riveting conclusion. As the story continues, one begins to develop a close relationship with the characters in the book, making the events that take place much more personal and heartfelt. One is able to feel what the character's in the story are going through, even if they have never been in a similar situation. It also stresses the struggle to survive in a world where people treat you differently because of the color of your skin and in which poverty is a recurring theme. Everything in the book was very interesting and every scene had different things which made the story flow and stay interesting the entire time. There were no dull moments in this book either. Although the overall mood of this book is serious and dramatic, comedy is present and sprinkled throughout the book. Overall, I thought that this was an excellent book that not only provided an entertaining read, but also an emotional journey through a time of poverty and racismthat encompasses one family's struggle to fulfill the American dream, overcome struggles, and live a life of peace and happiness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very enlightening. Not the story but the fact it made such a big impact on both the African American and Caucasian community. Seeing the condition they were already living it, it's amazing they even could afford a house. And the crazy ending to everything Walter's investment and Mama's change of character or burst of emotion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Flowerpot_1987 More than 1 year ago
Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun takes on the culture of the time through the eyes of a Chicago family living in a one room place. They take on financial, racial, social, and personal struggles tha shape their future.
I absolutely loved this play the first time I read it, and I think the best part of the play was when Brother lost all the money for the down payment for their new house on what turned out to be a scam. When he shouted "WILLIE!" over and over, I mean...that just...it was heartbreaking and the sorrow they all felt just jumped up from the page.
Wonderful, wonderful play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this play your heart will be tugged in different directions, not knowing who to side with, but in the end you will be sure of one thing: Family triumphs over all
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very entertaining read, love the emotion that many of the characters express during the play
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. My class is reading this right now for language arts class. It is definately breathtaking.
efg326 More than 1 year ago
a. Reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play made me uncomfortable and helped me understand the extent of racism that the North possessed during the 1950s; I was under the illusion that the North was welcoming to African-Americans. This book shattered the idea I had of the North and brought to my attention the racism America still contains today. I realize I have easily ignored the difficulties that African-Americans face and I ignorantly have assumed that the wound has healed because I am white and I never experienced the plight of being black in America. I have lived in five different neighborhoods in my life and my family has never been told to move because we were not the ideal ethnicity. Hansberry’s play opened my eyes to the disparaging circumstances African-Americans have faced. I came to the realization that America still contains racism today, we just have become better at covering it up.
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This is a great version, highly readable, good for classes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book i originally read for 7th grade english. Being one of the few black kids in my school it was some times awkward reading such a heavily racial concious book. Aside from that awkwardness i felt reading the book was a great experience, not only for me, but for the...more privileged kids at my school. The writing was superb and the book has a lot of symbolism, makin it a very interesting read. What i love about it is how there could be so many different takes and meanings the story. Overall i loved it. :-) (-:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this ovr the summer for school and i thought itd b boring but it was actually pretty good
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I had to read this book for eight grade english i love it. Its about a family and there dreams it is an amazing book! Sad at a lotof points but it is soooooo good! I will be reading it again!
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This is an awesome play it really has an undertone meaning and i love it. I used part of it as a monologue i used beneathas part sooo basicly im sayin this is an awesowme play so just get it and stop questioning whether to get it