Hansberry, Lorraine

Hansberry, Lorraine,

1930–65, American playwright, b. Chicago, studied Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, the New School, New York City. She grew up in a middle-class family on Chicago's South Side. In 1959 she became the first African-American woman to have a play produced on Broadway when A Raisin in the Sun opened to wide critical acclaim. The play deals with the serious and comic problems of a contemporary African-American family. The powerful play had an enormous influence on the work of African-American dramatists who came after her, and continues to be widely read, produced, and taught. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964), was less successful. Hansberry died of cancer at 34. A collection of her writings, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, was published in 1969. Biblio

See I. Perry, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (2018).

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.
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Raisin in the Sun, A Drama in three acts by Hansberry, Lorraine, published and produced in 1959.
Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, The Drama in three acts by Hansberry, Lorraine, produced in 1964 and published the following year.
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black Collection of writings, some previously unpublished, by playwright Hansberry, Lorraine, produced in a stage adaptation Off-Broadway in 1969 and published in book form in 1970.