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A Raisin in the Sun
By: Lorraine Hansberry
The book I read for my book critique was A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Lorraine was born May 19th, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. She is a successful African American playwright who was also heavily involved in civil rights. She was first enrolled in the University of Wisconsin then later dropped out and moved to New York. She began her studies at the New School for Social Research.   She later landed a job as a writer and associate editor for the Freedom newspaper. Hansberry had many jobs on the side but she soon dropped all her jobs and focused her time on writing. During this time she wrote A Raisin in the Sun (previously named The Crystal Stair). The play is about a struggling black family in Chicago.   She derived this name from a poem written by Langston Hughes. In her life time she wrote many successful plays including To be Young, Gifted, and Black and The Drinking Gourd. Sadly, Hansberry’s life was cut short due to pancreatic cancer. She passed away at the age of 34. Without a doubt, Hansberry has left a legacy in playwriting that will never be forgotten.
Literary Criticism
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“Her strident commitment to gaining justice for people of African descent, shaped by her family’s direct efforts to combat institutional racism and segregation, marked the final phase of the vibrant literary movement known as the Chicago Black Renaissance.”
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-Albert G. Ferree
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Albert states that Hansberry’s fight to gain justice for African American people greatly shaped her writing style in years to come. Coming from an African American family, Hansberry has gone through the hardships that her characters in her plays have faced. In this, the audience feels a more personal connection to the story and to each one of the characters. This critic also states that Hansberry’s...

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