Hansberry, Lorraine

Hansberry, Lorraine,

1930–65, American playwright, b. Chicago. She grew up on Chicago's South Side. In 1959 she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway when A Raisin in the Sun opened to wide critical acclaim. The play dealt in human terms with the serious and comic problems of a black family in modern America. Her next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964) was less successful. Hansberry died of cancer at 35. A collection of her writings, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, was published in 1969.

Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930–65) playwright; born in Chicago. She is best known as the author of A Raisin in the Sun (1959). A Broadway success and later a movie, the novel explored the struggles of a black family to escape from the ghetto. Hansberry died prematurely, before she was able to fulfill her promise as an eloquent spokesperson for African-Americans' trials and aspirations.