A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - by Lorraine Hansberry (Paperback)
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About the BookWith Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most moving authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. The Sing in Sidney Brustein's Window provides an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. Introduction by Robert Nemiroff.
Book SynopsisCollected together, two of the most electrifying classic masterpieces of the American theater, remarkable not only for their historical value but for their continued ability to engage the imagination and the heart. With an Introduction by Robert Nemiroff. "Rich and warm and funny and varied ... beautifully written." --Los Angeles Times, on The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
"One of a handful of great American plays--it belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie." --Washington Post, on A Raisin in the Sun By the time of her death, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two milestones of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. "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. 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." From John Blaine's Foreword to The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window "It is drama of such clarity that one may return to it again and again, and, I expect, emerge as deeply moved; and each time the more illumined.... Miss Hansberry, I am convinced, doesn't know how to create a character who isn't gloriously diverse, illuminatingly contradictory, heart-breakingly alive.... [A] personal odyssey of discovery, a confrontation with others in the process of which [Brustein] discovers himself."
"Rich and warm and funny and varied ... beautifully written." --Los Angeles Times, on The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
"One of a handful of great American plays -- it belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie." --Washington Post, on A Raisin in the Sun
About the AuthorLorraine Hansberry, at twenty-nine, became the youngest American, the fifth woman, and the first black playwright to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best Play of the Year. Her A Raisin in the Sun has since been published and produced in some 30 countries, while her film adaptation was nominated by the New York critics for the Best Screenplay and received a Cannes Film Festival Award. At thirty-four, during the run of her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer. In the years since her death, her stature has continued to grow. To Be Young, Gifted and Black, a dramatic portrait of the playwright in her own words, was the longest-running Off-Broadway drama of 1969, and has been recorded, filmed, and published in expanded book form, and has toured an unprecedented forty states and two hundred colleges. In 1986, following the stage production of the 25th anniversary of A Raisin in the Sun by the Roundabout Theatre in New York City, the play was widely acclaimed as in the foremost ranks of American classics. In 1990, the PBS American Playhouse TV adaptation of the 25th-anniversary version had one of the highest viewing audiences in PBS history. Les Blancs, her last play--posthumously performed on Broadway and recently in prominent regional theaters--has been hailed by a number of critics as her best.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.1 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Theme: African American
Author: Lorraine Hansberry
Street Date: June 13, 1995
Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-7666
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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