Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 5

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 5

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 5

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 5

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Lorraine Hansberry: BORN: May 19, 1930, Chicago, Illinois

DIED: January 12, 1965, New York, New York

IDENTIFICATION: Mid-twentieth-century playwright known for her depiction of the plight of the inner-city black American struggling to escape the ghetto and attain the so-called American Dream.

Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest and first African American writer to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for her critically acclaimed and popularly received drama A Raisin in the Sun (1959). This play is a curriculum staple in high schools for its raw and complex portrayal of a struggling African American family confronting issues that impact the nature of black identity in an America still fraught with racism and prejudice. Hansberry's most famous work, this drama stands as an icon for the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and has had numerous productions and two film treatments.

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