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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Lorraine Hansberry: Selected full-text books and articles

A Raisin in the Sun: Notes By Rosetta James Cliffs Notes, 1992
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Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents By Lynn Domina Greenwood Press, 1998
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A Raisin in the Sun: Forty-Five and Counting By Giles, Freda Scott Black Masks, Vol. 16/17, No. 6/1, September-December 2004
The Roof of a Southern Home: A Reimagined and Usable South in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun By Murray, William The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 1-2, Winter-Spring 2015
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African/American: Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs and the American Civil Rights Movement By Abell, Joy L African American Review, Vol. 35, No. 3, Fall 2001
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History, Myth, and Revolt in Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs.' (Drama by African American Woman Author) By Effiong, Philip Uko African American Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998
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Freedomways Reader: Prophets in Their Own Country By Esther Cooper Jackson; Constance Pohl Westview Press, 2000
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Humanist Profile By The Humanist, Vol. 75, No. 6, November-December 2015
Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.5, 2002
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