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by Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee,Lorraine Hansberry

eBook Raisin in the Sun, A download ISBN: 1559943785
Author: Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee,Lorraine Hansberry
Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (March 5, 1991)
Language: English
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A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" (also known as "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes.

A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The story tells of a black family's experiences in south Chicago, as they attempt to improve their financial circumstances with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics' Circle named it the best play of 1959.

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun made her the first African-American . She's also known for her civic work with husband Ossie Davis.

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun made her the first African-American woman to produce a drama on Broadway. Her writing and her involvement in civil and gay rights made her a legend. Find out what inspired Hansberry, on Biography. Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, activist, poet and journalist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun.

play, raisin, book, fiction. A Raisin in the Sun. A play written by Lorraine Hansberry. ark:/13960/t7jq8bw74. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. I read this powerful work for the Classics Book a Month challenge. It’s the story of the Younger family, an African-American family living in Chicago. The characters are Ruth and Walter, and their young son Travis, plus Walter’s mother Lena (or Mama ) and his younger sister Beneatha.

Director: Daniel Petrie. Starring: Walter Lee Younger, Lena Younger, Ruth Younger and others. Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie.

Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play that has become a true American classic. In 1959 it hit Broadway like no other

Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play that has become a true American classic. In 1959 it hit Broadway like no other. James Baldwin proclaimed, "never before in the entire history of the American theater had so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on stage. The title, inspired by a Langston Hughes' poem, refers to Walter Younger's dream to make it out of the South Side of Chicago. Or does it explode?" Hansberry's realism is evidenced by the vividness and believability of the characters.

Lorraine Hansberry, Ruby Dee (Read by. A full-cast production starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

A full-cast production starring Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. To Be Young, Gifted and Black: a glowing, vibrant, searing and, at the same time, redemptively joyous self-portrait. A full-cast production starring James Earl Jones. Lorraine Hansberry Speaks Out: seven interviews and speeches, recorded between 1959 and 1964, that range in topic from integration to backlash to the greatness and limitations of AfricanAmerican leadership.

Ruby Dee, From With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together American Masters.

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.

Comments: (7)
Bajinn
A Raisin in the Sun is a classic play about one family's hopes and dreams in 1950's America. Every character in this play has a different dream. The main character of Mama is an African American domestic worker whose husband has died and left her a insurance policy. At the play's beginning, Mama is waiting on the insurance check to arrive. She and her family live in a crowded apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Her family is composed of her son Walter Jr, his wife and their young son. Also her other daughter, a student who is interested in her African roots also lives in that same apartment. Larraine Hansberry has a gift for dialogue and creating interesting scenes. Mama's dream is to buy a home in the segregated community of Clybourne Park. Walter Jr's dream is to be part owner of a liquor store. Whose dream will be fulfilled ?
Highly recommended
Quellik
This version contains some dialogue that did not appear in the famous film version, which makes the book especially good to pair with that film. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that Hansberry inserted some comments about the characters in the stage directions that really needed to be incorporated into the dialogue, because an audience seeing the play without knowing those comments won't be able to glean them otherwise.
Awene
`A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play that has become a true American classic. In 1959 it hit Broadway like no other. James Baldwin proclaimed, "never before in the entire history of the American theater had so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on stage." Since its opening, this play has garnered worldwide acclaim and spawned movies, music scores and literature.

The play depicts the plight of an African-American family, the Youngers, struggling in the 1950s. The title, inspired by a Langston Hughes' poem, refers to Walter Younger's dream to make it out of the South Side of Chicago. "What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up / Like a raisin in the sun?....Or does it explode?"

Hansberry's realism is evidenced by the vividness and believability of the characters. They are so rich and powerful that over the years they have been portrayed only by some of the biggest names in the African-American theatrical community: Sidney Poiter, Ruby Dee, Esther Rolle, Ossie Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald. In 1994, I was fortunate to see the play at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA starring the late Esther Rolle as Lena Younger and Kenny Leon, now director, as Walter Younger. I was not disappointed.

It is not by luck that this play has stood the test of time and made its indelible mark on the pages of African American literature. Take a few moments to observe the cast of characters through the playwright's pen and see the reason why it is a classic.
Beardana
The plot is amazing. The character are great. It can even get emotional sometimes. I hate reading, but this book kept me in, and also, it was made for a movie! So not only is there the book, there’s the movie! The only problem is that it cusses a lot so don’t let your 9 ur old kids read this book
Fecage
Purchased to read Spike's commentary and was actually pleased that he put the issue of history and progress of life on the black family and not blaming government...agree, Hansberry should be recognized as the first in Hollywood to shape future pics/
Livina
What a great story! I had to read this for a class and i hesitated because I felt like I knew the story. I felt like it was going to be an over-exaggerated play about poor black people in a poor community trying to come up, and it was that. But, somehow there was more depth to the characters and plot than I expected. By the end of the second act, I found myself all twisted up inside the characters' conflicts and personalities because they were not much different than my own personal struggles. By the end of the play, I was begging for the playwright to give me some advice on how to quench this inner conflict within myself. This was an absolute masterpiece!
Ffan
Lorraine Hansberry's classic 1959 drama about an African-American family struggling to move to a better neighborhood in Chicago, but fighting redlining and overt racism every step of the way. Still frequently performed, and well worth reading in book form as here.
Book was exactly as pictured and described. I needed a copy for a claim was taking. Item came super quick and in perfect (new) condition. I am very pleased.