The author of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry was born on the 19th of May 1930 in Chicago as the daughter of Carl Augustus and Perry Hansberry. Her family spent some time moving around and for two years between 1948 and 1950, she attended University of Wisconsin and Art Institute of Chicago to name a few. Still in 1950, she became a student of W.E.B. Dubois while stiduying African History. And in 1959 she receives an award from The New York Drama Critics Circle for her work A Raisin in the Sun.
Despite her acclaim, there are no major biographies available about Lorraine Hansberry. Anne Cheney however provides two full chapters about Hansberry’s life in her book bearing Hansberry’s name. Cheney’s book is not a biography per se, but it is the most informative source about Hansberry’s life. Hansberry wrote autobiographical works but only a handful of them were published. Today, To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words is regarded as a primary autobiographical source. Most of his published works were done after her death thanks mostly to her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Her death was peculiar just like other aspects of her life—she was exceptionally talented but died at a young age of 34, she embraced realism during the theater of the absurd’s popularity, and she was a black author who did not write exclusively about the black’s plight, a move that was praised by C.W.E. Bigsby. Bigsby noted that racism against the blacks were not the focus of her work. Rather, her work can be socially applied to everyone. A special issue of Freedomways meanwhile, was published for the sole reason of commenting on Hansberry’s works and is considered the best source of commentaries about Hansberry’s works.
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