By the time of her death, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two electrifying masterpieces of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. These two plays remain milestones in the American theater, remarkable not only for their historical value but for their continued ability to engage the imagination and the heart.
With an Introduction by Robert Nemiroff
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A raisin in the Sun is a story based on family trying to integrate in to an white neighborhood based in the 1940's. The characters consist of Walter Lee, Ruth, Lena, Benetha and their son. The story beings with Walters concern about his mother insurance mother from his deceased father. Walter Wants to open a liquor store. His family disagrees with Walters goal and his family fights over on how to invest the money while Ruth, Walters wife, contemplates whether should she keeps their baby or get an abortion The next story The Sign in Sidney Brusteins window is similar to A raisin in the Sun but the story consist of a married couple trying to reach their goals . Sidney wants to become a painter while Iris his wife wants to become an actress. The both realize that accomplishing their goals is not easy because both adapting to a new environment in New York City. If you want to read about a young couple struggling along with family and friends this book is a good read.
"What happens to a dream deferred" are the first words you see from "A Raisin In The Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. This interesting novel about a family, that lives Southside Chicago slums. Since this book was written in the 1950s, it portrayed how life was at that time. The story is centered on the Younger family, a family of five, and their life after an unfortunate event. The book starts off with the Younger family waking up. You can obviously soon tell that tension is deep between Walter and his wife Ruth after the first couple of pages. As the story goes on they introduce the rest of the Younger family. Mama, as the oldest and wisest, helps take care of the family and owns the apartment the all live in. It is soon revealed that Mama's husband, Walter Sr., has recently died. Although the family is hurt about it, they seem to be more concerned about another case. The case everyone is too focused on is the $10,000 insurance money from the father's death. The money soon consumes everybody's dreams and thoughts in the family. Walter, Beneatha, and Mama sadly gets the most caught up in this. They end up fighting over the distribution of the money in the family. The only person to get their way with the money though was Mama. The rest of the money sadly gets stolen due to Walters's mistake. Walter soon realizes his error and immediately plots a way to get the money back. He soon invites a man from the welcoming committee of a different part of town. This man had previously come over in the story to but the house from them. This time around Walter was planning on selling it to him. In the end though, Walter rejected the man's offer to show his son how to be a man. Lorraine Hansberry was a literary genius to make a book about these trials. This book gives a deeper look into life before the civil rights movement. Her novel is also perfect for this time period due to the state of our economy. The fact that in her story money was the way top everyone's dreams easily relates to life today. If you analyze people's lifestyles today, you'll see that the main factor in their life is money. In the story everyone's hopes and dreams was imbued into the insurance money. Another event that hits home in this story would be Ruth and the abortion. In the story the family was going through financial trouble, and minor marital trouble. Today many families are going through these problems. Ruth was inspirational in the story since she kept the child even though Walter was constantly drunk, and complained about everything. If more women had the same type of courage that Ruth had society would be less corrupted, and families would be less tense in the. Overall Lorraine Hansberry novel "A Raisin In The Sun" was a work of literary genius and inspirational.