A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry (Author)

Never before, in 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.This edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff.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.

Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play "A Raisin in the Sun" is a powerful exploration of the struggles and aspirations of a black family in Chicago during the 1950s.

The Younger family, led by matriarch Lena Younger, dreams of moving into a new home in a white neighborhood, but their plans are met with resistance from the community.

As the family grapples with issues of racism, poverty, and generational conflict, they must ultimately decide whether to compromise their values or stand up for their dreams.

With its honest portrayal of the challenges faced by black families in America, "A Raisin in the Sun" remains a relevant and moving work of art.

It is a story of hope and resilience, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.

The play has been praised for its realistic depiction of African American life, its strong characters, and its exploration of important social issues.

"A Raisin in the Sun" is a must-read for anyone interested in African American history, literature, or social justice.