A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

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Robert Nemiroff
Plume Book, 1992 - Drama - 206 pages
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The 1961 film version of A Raisin in the Sun, with a screenplay by the author, won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, even though one-third of the actual screenplay had been cut out. This completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Hansberry's script, and a testiment to her accomplishment as a black woman artist.

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Review: A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

User Review  - Bekah S. - Goodreads

If I could give it zero stars I would. I had to read it for school. This book was very boring nothing really happened. There was no plot twist or a turn of events throughout the story to make it more interesting. Read full review

Review: A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

User Review  - Mia - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading this screenplay. There were things I didn't like here and there but overall, I found the story interesting and thought it gave a good glimpse of African-American life in the 50s. 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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