Raisin In The Sun

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun reflects Lorraine Hansberry’s childhood experiences in segregated Chicago. This electrifying masterpiece has enthralled audiences and been heaped with critical accolades.

“Never before, in the entire history of the American theatre, has so much of the truth of black people’s lives been seen on the stage.” – James Baldwin.

” A Raisin in the Sun belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night ” – The Washington Post.

“The play that changed American theatre forever” – The New York Times.


A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and hailed as a watershed in American drama. Not only was it a pioneering work by an African-American playwright – Lorraine Hansberry’s play was also a radically new representation of black life, one that was resolutely authentic, fiercely unsentimental, and unflinching in its vision of what happens to people whose dreams are constantly deferred. In her portrait of an embattled Chicago family, Hansberry anticipated issues that range from generational clashes to the civil rights and women’s movements. She also posed the essential questions – about identity, justice and moral responsibility – at the heart of these great struggles. The result is a work that captivated audiences from every walk of life and has become a classic of American letters.

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

“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.


Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

Drama / 7m, 3f, 1 boy / Int. 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 wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new hom

Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun
by Rebecca Ann Rugg, Harvey Young

Winner, 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner, 2012 Tony Award for Best Play
Winner, 1974 National Book Award for Philosophy and Religion

In 1959, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun energized the conversation about how Americans live together across lines of race and difference. In Reimagining “A Raisin in the Sun,” Rebecca Ann Rugg and Harvey Young bring together four contemporary plays—including 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Clybourne Park—that, in their engagement with Hansberry’s play, illuminate the tensions and anxieties that still surround neighborhood integration.

Although the plays—Robert O’Hara’s Etiquette of Vigilance, Gloria Bond Clunie’s Living Green, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Neighbors, and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park—are distinct from one another in terms of style and perspective on their predecessor, they commonly feature characters who are forced to closely examine, and sometimes revise or abandon, their ideas concerning race and their notions of social and economic justice. Above all, the plays use the lenses of neighborliness, privacy, and community to engage the large question of America’s common purpose. Each play is accompanied by an interview with the playwright about the influence of Hansberry’s landmark work. The afterword includes an interview with George C. Wolfe, whose play The Colored Museum laid the groundwork for the titles in this collection.

The conversation around A Raisin in the Sun has continued unabated since its premiere fifty years ago. Rugg and Young’s book will serve as a valuable resource to fans, scholars, and students alike.


A Reader’s Guide to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
by Pamela Loos

Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN was a landmark play. In addition to being the first play by an African-American woman to appear on Broadway, it was also directed by an African-American man, Lloyd Richards, and all but one of the actors in the production were African-American. The play became the first African-American play to gain national acclaim and broke Broadway records.

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
by Maxine Morrin

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CliffsNotes on Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
by Rosetta James

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A Raisin in the Sun debuted in the spring of 1959 and has since been translated into more than 30 languages. It is the story of a poor black family struggling to become part of the middle class. Family hardships test the faith of all involved and the result is unexpected and filled with heartbreak.

CliffsNotes on A Raisin in the Sun helps you explore this play by providing you with summaries and commentaries, chapter by chapter. You’ll also gain insight into the author Lorraine Vivian Hansberry. Other features that help you study include

  • A list of characters and their descriptions
  • A genealogy chart to illustrate the relationships between the characters
  • Glossaries to help you fully understand the novel
  • Critical essays on thematic structure, language and style, and more
  • Suggested essay topics and related research projects for more study

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by Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
by Harold Bloom

This classic American drama tells the story of the Youngers, a family that must struggle with their own inner divisions, in addition to the racist attitudes of society at large, as they move into their dream house in a community unwelcoming to African Americans. Complete with an introduction by literary critic Harold Bloom, this new title in the “”Bloom’s Guides”” series also features an annotated bibliography and a list of other works by the author.


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