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.
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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To Be Young, Gifted, and Black Collection of writings, some previously unpublished, by playwright Hansberry, Lorraine, produced in a stage adaptation Off-Broadway in 1969 and published in book form in 1970.