A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

  • Publication Date: 2004-11-29
  • Genre: Theater
4 Score: 4 (From 291 Ratings)

Book Overview

"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959.

Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of black America--and changed American theater forever.  The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun."

"The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun," said The New York Times.  "It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic."  This Modern Library edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.

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Recent Reviews

  • It's a great, short read.

    By Basketballbrother
    Really shows what life was like during the times in the south side of Chicago during WWll. Good read though!
  • Great book

    By Wonder maybe
    I'm a person who does like to read that much but this has become my favorite book
  • Good

    By thebestwinner
    It was very good, meaningful and deep. I like it
  • A Raisin in the Sun

    By You with the hair
    It just goes to show, optimism & realism are exact opposites. :3
  • Very well written.

    By Smeacher
    This book was required for my school's summer reading program. It was a good way for me to see how people were back then struggling just trying coming out of poverty.
  • My opinion

    By Neesh.
    I loved it.
  • A timeless classic

    'Nuff said.