In south side Chicago, Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. His mother, who rejects the liquor business, uses some of the money to secure a proper house for the family. Mr Lindner, a representative of the all-white neighbourhood, tries to buy them out. Walter sinks the rest of the money into his business scheme, only to have it stolen by one of his partners. In despair Walter contacts Lindner, and almost begs to buy them out, but with the help of his wife, Walter finally finds a way to assert his dignity.
Deeply committed to the black struggle for equality and human rights, Lorraine Hansberry's brilliant career as a writer was cut short by her death when she was only 35. A Raisin in the Sun was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Hansberry was the youngest and the first black writer to receive this award.
Author Bio:Lorraine Hansberrywas born in 1930 in Southside, Chicago. Having studied art at University of Wisconsin, she moved to New York to pursue her writing ambitions. Her first play, A Raisin in the Sun, opened in March 1959 and made history by being the first play written by a female black author to be staged on Broadway. A critical and popular success, Raisin won Hansberry the New York Critics' Circle Award (the first black playwright and youngest ever winner).
Her career was cut short by her death when she was only 34 and she left behind her second staged play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window and a number of unifinished works, including Toussaint and Les Blancs.In south side Chicago, Walter Lee, a black chauffer, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. But his mother uses the money to buy a house for the family. Mr Lindner, a representative of the all-white neighbourhood, tries to buy them out.
- Lorraine Hansberry
- United Kingdom
- Plays, playscripts
- Publication Date
- 10 May 2001
- Dewey Code
- 812.54 (edition:21)
- New Edition
- Media Format
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