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Lorraine Hansberry : the life behind A raisin in the sun / Charles J. Shields.

Author/creator Shields, Charles J., 1951- author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York, NY : Henry Holt and Company, 2022.
Copyright Notice ©2022
Descriptionxiv, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents Chronology -- Introduction -- Part I: Chicago. Infant of the spring -- "The king of the kitchenettes" -- Stay where you belong -- American princess -- Part II: Madison, Wisconsin. Entering into a romance -- The young progressives -- Mexico -- Part III: Harlem. "Flag from a kitchenette window" -- Freedom -- "A young Harriet Tubman" -- The passport -- "I do love you" -- Part IV: Greenwich Village. Camp unity -- "One becomes a woman" -- "I ain't sick" -- "Cindy, oh Cindy" -- The invisible lesbian -- Part V: The great white way. "Go the way your blood beats" -- "Something urgently on its way" -- Dismantling the master's house -- Chitterlin' heights -- Epilogue.
Abstract "Written when she was just twenty-eight, Lorraine Hansberry's landmark A Raisin in the Sun is listed by the National Theatre as one of the hundred most significant works of the twentieth century. Hansberry was the first Black woman to have a play performed on Broadway, and the first Black and youngest American playwright to win a New York Critics' Circle Award. Charles J. Shields's authoritative biography of one of the twentieth century's most admired playwrights examines the parts of Lorraine Hansberry's life that have escaped public knowledge: the influence of her upper-class background, her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament, the reason why she embraced Communism during the Cold War, and her dependence on her white husband-her best friend, critic, and promoter. Many of the identity issues about class, sexuality, and race that she struggled with are relevant and urgent today. This dramatic telling of a passionate life-a very American life through self-reinvention-uses previously unpublished interviews with close friends in politics and theater, privately held correspondence, and deep research to reconcile old mysteries and raise new questions about a life not fully described until now"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Shields, Charles J., 1951- Lorraine Hansberry. First edition. New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2022 9781250205520
LCCN 2021047382
ISBN9781250205537 (hardcover)
ISBN1250205530 (hardcover)
ISBN(electronic book)
Standard identifier# 40030932106

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