Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry, 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.

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Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
Lynn Domina.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Black American Women Poets and Dramatists
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Lorraine Hansberry begins on p. 89
African-American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader
Harry J. Elam Jr.; David Krasner.
Oxford University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Political Radicalism and Artistic Innovation in the Works of Lorraine Hansberry"
Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender
Jerilyn Fisher; Ellen S. Silber.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Seasoned with Quiet Strenght: Black Womanhood in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959)" begins on p. 246
Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies
Johnnela E. Butler; John C. Walter.
State University of New York, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window: Toward a Transformative Aesthetic"
Their Place on the Stage: Black Women Playwrights in America
Elizabeth Brown-Guillory.
Praeger, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Ntozake Shange: Carving a Place for Themselves on the American Stage"
African/American: Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs and the American Civil Rights Movement
Abell, Joy L.
African American Review, Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2001
History, Myth, and Revolt in Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs.' (Drama by African American Woman Author)
Effiong, Philip Uko.
African American Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998
Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country
Esther Cooper Jackson; Constance Pohl.
Westview Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 13 "Lorraine Hansberry at the Summit, No. 4, 1979"
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