A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun : The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

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-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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 102 x 171 x 18mm | 136g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Dutton / Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0451183886
  • 9780451183880
  • 205,851

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-A beautiful, lovable play. It is affectionately human, funny and touching. . . . A work of theatrical magic in which the usual barrier between audience and stage disappears.- John Chapman, New York News -An honest, intelligible, and moving experience.- Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune -Miss Hansberry has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. She has a keen sense of humor, an ear for accurate speech and compassion for people.- Robert Coleman, New York Mirror -A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity.- Brooks Atkinson, New York Times -It is honest drama, catching up real people. . . . It will make you proud of human beings.- Frank Aston, New York World-Telegram & Sun -A wonderfully emotional evening.- John McClain, New York Journal Americanshow more
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