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Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) electrified the theatrical world with her first play, A Raisin in the Sun, which won the New York Critics Circle Award for the 1958-59 season. Before her tragic death from cancer at the age of 34, she had already produced a remarkable body of work, including The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and Les Blancs. Her former husband and literary executor, the late Robert Nemiroff, posthumously produced and published her To Be Young, Gifted and Black and the musical Raisin.

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To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, Introduction by James Baldwin
Signet | Paperback | January 2011
$8.95/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53178-0 (0-451-53178-7)

This is the story of a young woman born in Chicago who came to New York, won fame with her play, A Raisin in the Sun--and went on to new heights of artistry before her tragic death. In turns angry, loving, bitter, laughing, and defiantly proud, the story, voice, and message... Read more






A Raisin in the Sun
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Vintage | Paperback | November 2004
$7.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75533-3 (0-679-75533-0)

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... Read more






To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-76415-1 (0-679-76415-1)

Assembled from plays, essays, letters, drawings, and photographs, this memoir records the passionate engagement and spectacular accomplishment of the playwright of A Raisin in the Sun.

It follows Lorraine Hansberry from her childhood in Chicago (where her family encountered vicious resistance when it moved into a white neighborhood), through her arrival in... Read more






A Raisin in the Sun
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, Introduction by Robert Nemiroff
Modern Library | Hardcover | August 1995
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-60172-2 (0-679-60172-4)

"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.

Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling... Read more






A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1995
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75531-9 (0-679-75531-4)

By the time of her death thirty years ago, 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... Read more






A Raisin in the Sun
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, Edited by Robert Nemiroff, Commentaries by Spike Lee, Introduction by Margaret B. Wilkerson
Berkley | Paperback | April 1995
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-18388-0 (0-451-18388-6)

Under the editorship of the late Robert Nemiroff, with a provocative and thoughtful introduction by preeminent African-American scholar Margaret B. Wilkerson and a commentary by Spike Lee, this completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Lorraine Hansberry's script and a testament to her unparalled accomplishment as a black... Read more






Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 1994
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75532-6 (0-679-75532-2)

Here are Lorraine Hansberry's last three plays--Les Blancs, The Drinking Gourd, and What Use Are Flowers?--representing the capstone of her achievement. Includes a new preface by Jewell Gresham Nemiroff and a revised introduction by Margaret B. Wilkerson. Read more






A Raisin in the Sun
Written by Lorraine Hansberry, Edited by Robert Nemiroff
Plume | Trade Paperback | October 1992
$15.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-452-26776-3 (0-452-26776-5)

Under the editorship of the late Robert Nemiroff, with a provocative and thoughtful introduction by preeminent African-American scholar Margaret B. Wilkerson and a commentary by Spike Lee, this completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Lorraine Hansberry's script and a testament to her unparalled accomplishment as a black... Read more





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