"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.
God I hated having to read this for school, but it’s a play for God’s sake! I watched an old film adaptation of the play and it was a masterpiece55
Really shows what life was like during the times in the south side of Chicago during WWll. Good read though!55
I'm a person who does like to read that much but this has become my favorite book55
It was very good, meaningful and deep. I like it55
It just goes to show, optimism & realism are exact opposites. :345
This book was required for my school's summer reading program. It was a good way for me to see how people were back then struggling just trying coming out of poverty.45
I loved it.55