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Lorraine Hansberry: Award-Winning Playwright and Civil Rights Activist (The Barnard Biography Series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Sinnott
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Lorraine Hansberry tells the fascinating story of the brave and talented woman who, almost single-handedly, overcame the racial obstacles that made for a segregated American theatre in the years following World War II. Hansberry was just twenty-nine years old when her play A Raisin in the Sun opened in 1959--an era where her very existence as a black, female writer was considered unusual. The play was an overnight sensation, earning its author the double distinction of being the youngest playwright and first black person to win the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. In Hansberry's own words, A Raisin in the Sun "tells the truth about people... We have among our miserable and downtrodden ranks people who are the very essence of human dignity. That is what, after all the laughter and tears, the play is supposed to say."

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (January 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009S8U744
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thoroughly Enjoyable Read May 8, 2014
Lorraine Hansberry was wonderfully articulate, a deeply giftled playwright and a fierce civil rights activist. Her life's story comes alive in this concise biography by Susan Sinnott. It's easy to read and its pages are filled with vivid scenes from Miss Hansberry's life. The reader gets to know Miss Hansberry, her strengths as well as her deficits.
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