A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

  • Release Date: 2004-11-29
  • Genre: Theater
  • Book: A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 307 Ratings)

A Raisin in the Sun Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A Raisin in the Sun is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

"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.

User reviews about the book

  • A Raisin In The Sun

    5
    By Talayja
    AMAZING book!
  • It's a great, short read.

    5
    By Basketballbrother
    Really shows what life was like during the times in the south side of Chicago during WWll. Good read though!
  • Great book

    5
    By Wonder maybe
    I'm a person who does like to read that much but this has become my favorite book
  • Good

    5
    By thebestwinner
    It was very good, meaningful and deep. I like it
  • A Raisin in the Sun

    4
    By You with the hair
    It just goes to show, optimism & realism are exact opposites. :3
  • Very well written.

    4
    By Smeacher
    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.
  • My opinion

    5
    By Neesh.
    I loved it.
  • A timeless classic

    5
    By DAVID A MOE
    'Nuff said.

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