A Raisin in the Sun

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Perfection Learning Pre Bind, Nov 1, 1994 - Drama
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When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. A play that changed American theater forever.--The New York Times.

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My teacher chose this book for our 11th grade class and it is AMAIZING!! It is so Fun to read and understanding the characters are really easy!! I have learned so much about what African Americans went through during that time and it brought me to appreciate what i have and not care about what i don't have!! It is so fun to watch my classmates react to the scenes and the different characters and it is so fun to watch my classmates get into character when reading this play!! I can surely say not only did i like and understand this novel but so have my fellow classmates!!!! :) 

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A short book (play) but an intense one. Very good, recommend read. Read full review

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American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career. Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964. Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

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