A Raisin in the Sun
"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... show more
"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, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun.""The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun," said The New York Times. "It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic." This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.
Publish date: August 22nd 1995
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, High School
This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wif...
Despite that this is a classic that would have been relevant in almost any American Lit class, of which I've been in several between high school and getting an English degree, it only hit my radar on account of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home. That book talks about th...
bookshelves: winter-20152016, radio-3, published-1959, us-chicago, north-americas, racism, play-dramatisation Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura Read from January 31 to February 04, 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06yp4czDescription: This ground-breaking play, set on Chicago's South Side i...
I have been carrying this book around for about a decade, and I finally read it. I DNFed it when I first got it though I'm not really sure why, I think it was probably because the intro was tough to get through. That being said I found the play wonderful, and a beautiful look into the world of a 19...
Truly excellent play. Touching, sad, and just the right amount of uplifting to be considered inspirational. I was expecting a more conclusive ending, but I was pleased with the story the play told. This is definitely a piece of classic American literature, and should be read by anyone with a love fo...
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