A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun 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 o

  • Title: A Raisin in the Sun
  • Author: Lorraine Hansberry
  • ISBN: 9780835955423
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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 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.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.

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    1. In 1959, 29 year old Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which went on to become "one of a handful of great American plays." Five years later she would succumb to cancer but not before Raisin penetrated the upper echelon of American plays. What is remarkable about Hansberry's rise to stardom is that she was virtually unknown and African American at a time when African Americans were just starting to make gains in society. And yet Raisin made to Broadway and television, cementing its pl [...]

    2. Ten stars, please. All the stars for Ms. Hansberry's haunting, revealing play. As fresh in 2018 as it was in 1958.

    3. May just possibly be my all time favorite American play*. The circuit is so taut, the story is so heartbreaking, life-altering and thought-provoking--I cannot wait to ever catch it live.At 29, Hansberry orchestrated something even Arthur Miller & Tennessee Williams wanted--a TRUE portrait of the American Family, how the roles are intertwined and dependent upon the others. The maestros don't come as close as she, I am inclined to think*Well a more modern work, "Angels in America" makes it sor [...]

    4. First published in 1959, this play tells the story of a poor African-American family ruled by "mama" who has big plans to make a better life for her family, but must wait for "the check" and overcome a few obstacles along the way. (like her bitter and self-absorbed son Walter)Set in a small rundown roach-infested apartment on Chicago's south side, A RAISIN IN THE SUN brings to light issues of racism and segregation, but also family pride and forgiveness.Another surprisingly good play!

    5. What an outstanding play!Recently I saw an excellent production of A Raisin in the Sun, and it was so good I decided to reread the play. I first read this in college during a course on African American Theater, and as part of the class we watched the 1961 film, starring Sidney Poitier in the role he debuted on Broadway in 1959. The film is great, but this was my first time seeing the play performed live, and it was incredibly moving. The story follows the Youngers, a black family in Chicago's So [...]

    6. What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore--And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over--like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load.Or does it explode?I decided to assign this to my Honors American Lit class before I had even read it myself. I'm so glad I did! I really enjoyed the characters. And while students get a kick out of lines like "Why you always wear them faggoty white shoes?" it also deals with som [...]

    7. عن الظروف الاجتماعية للسود مشاكلهم و حياتهم في امريكا ، مسرحية رائعة ادخلتنى الى عالمهم و جعلتني اعايش آلامهم آمالهم طموحاتهم ، كاتبة مرهفه و موهوبة فعلا انها تقدر توّصل كل دا ، و مترجمة موهوبة كمان و امينة على ما اتذكر :) ، لأنى قرأت الكتاب دا زمان من فترة طويلة الحقيقة

    8. A Raisin in the Sun (1959) is hands down one of my favorite plays. Usually, only Oscar (my smol son) can lure me in with his dramas but Lorraine might have snatched that crown from his hands. Where Oscar is witty and hilarious, Lorraine is ruthless and raw. She doesn't shy away from showing the harsh reality black people, especially black women, faced in the United States.What happens to a dream deferred?      Does it dry up      like a raisin in the sun?      Or fester like a [...]

    9. There are more than a few established classics that I had never heard of until I did my teaching degree here in Canada. Since everyone else had come through the Canadian school system, they were very knowing about "The Lottery", Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Raisin in the Sun. These established American classics got blank looks from me. Well, not so much Mockingbird; I'd heard of that one a couple of years before, and the name was familiar to me from before moving here. But I'd [...]

    10. Hansberry's death from cancer at 34 just six years after the publication and first production of Raisin in the Sun was a real loss to both the literary and dramatic worlds. Not everyone likes to read plays; I enjoy them. This one is exceptional. The characters are well-defined, real, memorable; the interaction among them vibrant, interesting, at times gut-wrenching, never dull. Raisin is a snapshot of black urban life on the eve of the sixties, just before the civil rights movement. And yet, we [...]

    11. 3/5 StarsWell, this play was pretty decent. It was entertaining enough and all of that and yet, I still don't like reading plays. Therefore, I wasn't about to give this anything more than an average rating. So while I appreciated how this took place in Chicago (so I could visualize everything that much better), and how I could relate to Beneatha and her struggle at becoming a doctor, when everyone was pushing her to become a nurse - because that's more of a "female" job - I lacked a connection [...]

    12. bbc/programmes/b06yp4czDescription: This ground-breaking play, set on Chicago's South Side in the 1950's, revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an Afro-American working-class family. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. In this new production for radio, rarely produced scenes from the original play, which were cut from the original film and stage and subsequent contemporary stage productions, have bee [...]

    13. Weathervane Playhouse is putting on a production of this incredible show just down the street from my house, opening this weekend, and I'm running the sound board for a few shows. I went to my first (and perhaps only -- eek!) rehearsal last night and homg. I was excited because hello, this is a classic, but I was NOT expecting to be so enveloped in the story while half my brain was concentrating on learning sound cues. It's really a testament to Ms Hansberry's incredible dialogue, because 95% of [...]

    14. A Raisin in the Sun details the story of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet. The Youngers are then faced with a difficult decision that brings their colored heritage and the lives of their ancestors to the forefront.Although this book and Death of a Salesman have some similar themes, what makes A Raisin in the Sun much better is its dynamic dialogue and the conflicting desires of its characters. While not perfectly three-dimensional, each family member in the story had an idea o [...]

    15. I honestly think this was a very bad choice by Ms. E. I cannot think of a single person in our bell that was actually interested in this. This book might have even made me a little more stupid. This is by far the worst book I have read this year. The characters were imbeciles, just because they get some money doesn't mean that they go and spend it all on a house right away. This book was horrific, making me want to tear my eyes out of my head so that I would not have to continue to read this was [...]

    16. SO MUCH BETTER THAN I EVEN REMEMBERED! I feel like I have gone from feeling 'meh' about this title to completely falling in love with it during this re-read. What has happened to make me change my opinion so greatly?Perhaps the fact is that I am now older and thus, better able to appreciate/absorb/understand this play more so than I did whilst reading it over a decade ago. OR, perhaps the difference in my opinion lays in the fact that this time, I *chose* to (re)read this title, instead of *havi [...]

    17. This was a quick read and I loved every page! I'm interested in watching the original version of the play with Sidney Poitier, looks good!

    18. From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:This ground-breaking play, set on Chicago's South Side in the 1950's, revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an Afro-American working-class family. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. In this new production for radio, rarely produced scenes from the original play, which were cut from the original film and stage and subsequent contemporary stage productions, have been rein [...]

    19. Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun is very deservedly considered a timeless classic. Unlike many other works from around the same era, Hansberry provokes and moves her audience without writing of complete devastation. To explain how her style and choices are different than her contemporaries, is to give away the ending. The denouement of A Raisin in the Sun is like no other of its genre. This is what makes it a classic. It is timeless because of Hansberry's presentation of the familial int [...]

    20. Wow. We just finished reading this, me and my class. As a whole I don't think we really got it but I did. This book was awesome and I'm glad people appreciated it enough to make two movies out of it. Truly an amazing book. And even though I've read it a couple times now, I think I'll read it again someday! :)~~~~~~Reading this anew for a college seminar. I love the wit that I never really noticed Hansberry wrote into these characters. But more than even this, is the complexity of everyone -from [...]

    21. Great play. Great film. Everyone should read ityou can't say you truly love literature if you haven't read this one.

    22. Re-read this play after too many decades to remember. Still as powerful as ever. I'll be teaching it starting next week. My students are in for a treat!

    23. Fun book to read in English, sad and Walter drove me NUTS but all and all really good! I want to see this play so bad now.

    24. 3.5*While some aspects of this play are dated (it was written and first performed in the 1950s), the characters and their relationships still ring true. I have seen the film version with Sidney Poitier a few times and this is one play where the movie is better than the text. I did find the stage directions describing the setting informative and I am glad that I read this but I do feel that I didn't gain much by reading it after having seen the film. That is often the case with plays which are of [...]

    25. This indeed is a powerful portrayal of a black family living in Chicago who have dreams and aspirations of a better life. The full cast of the recording were brilliant in their performances and brought so much emotion to the play. Exceptional story and highly recommend.

    26. This is a great play. Part of the reason I loved it is because I saw some former students act out scenes from it last month, and they were amazing. But! One of the reasons they were able to be so amazing is because this is a great play. It touches on common themes-- the American dream, generation gaps, family, race relations, identity. Hansberry gets dialogue just right. Her characters are strong and relatable. It's funny and moving at the same time and still makes sense fifty years after it was [...]

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