Lorraine Hansberry





Lorraine Hansberry


Born
in Chicago, The United States
May 19, 1930

Died
January 12, 1965

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Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".

She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play "A Raisin in the Sun," highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, challenging a restrictive covenant and eventually provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. The title of the play was taken from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"

After she moved to New York City, Hansberry worked at the Pan-Africanist newspaper Freedom, where she d
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A Raisin in the Sun

3.71 avg rating — 49,110 ratings — published 1959 — 2 editions
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A Raisin in the Sun and The...

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A Raisin in the Sun: The Un...

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The Sign In Sidney Brustein...

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Les Blancs

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The Movement: Documentary o...

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“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.”
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November 2015 New School Classics Group Read

1988, Matilda by Roald Dahl, 240 pages
 
  27 votes, 17.8%

1982, Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  26 votes, 17.1%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 434 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.2%

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  15 votes, 9.9%

1988, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 197 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.6%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 7.2%

1932, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

1989, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, 288 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

 
  5 votes, 3.3%

1932, The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth, 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  4 votes, 2.6%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1928, Quicksand by Nella Larsen, 192 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.3%

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  2 votes, 1.3%

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  1 vote, 0.7%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1997, Out by Natsuo Kirino, 400 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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