A Raisin In The Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

by Lorraine Hansberry
Editor Robert Nemiroff

Penguin Publishing Group | October 1, 1992 | Trade Paperback

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This edition offers Hansberry's complete uncut screen adaptation of her play, containing at least forty percent new material that does not appear in the play.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.97 × 5.27 × 0.68 in

Published: October 1, 1992

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452267765

ISBN - 13: 9780452267763

Found in: History and Criticism, History and Criticism
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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A Raisin In The Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

A Raisin In The Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

by Lorraine Hansberry
Editor Robert Nemiroff

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.97 × 5.27 × 0.68 in

Published: October 1, 1992

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0452267765

ISBN - 13: 9780452267763

Read from the Book

INTRODUCTIONby Robert NerniroffThis is the most complete edition of A Raisin in the Sun ever published. Like the American Playhouse production for television, it restores to the play two scenes unknown to the general public, and a number of other key scenes and passages staged for the first time in twenty-fifth anniversary revivals and, most notably, the Roundabout Theatre's Kennedy Center production on which the television picture is based. "The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun. It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic"; ". . . one of a handful of great American dramas ... A Raisin in the Sun belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey into Night, and The Glass Menagerie." So wrote The New York Times and the Washington Post respectively of Harold Scott's revelatory stagings for the Roundabout in which most of these elements, cut on Broadway, were restored. The unprecedented resurgence of the work (a dozen regional revivals at this writing, new publications and productions abroad, and now the television production that will be seen by millions) prompts the new edition. Produced in 1959, the play presaged the revolution in black and women's consciousness-and the revolutionary ferment in Africa-that exploded in the years following the playwright's death in 1965 to ineradicably alter the social fabric and consciousness of the nation and the world. As so many have commented lately, it did so
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Table of Contents

A Raisin in the SunForeword by Jewell Handy Gresham-Nemiroff
Acknowledgments
Introduction by Margaret B. Wilkerson
Commentary: Thoughts on the Screenplay by Spike Lee
A Raisin in the Sun - The Unfilmed Original Screenplay

From the Publisher

This edition offers Hansberry's complete uncut screen adaptation of her play, containing at least forty percent new material that does not appear in the play.

About the Author

American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930 in Chicago. After attending the University of Wisconsin for two years and then studying painting in Chicago and Mexico, Hansberry moved to New York in 1950. There she held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to establish her writing career. Hansberry wrote her first play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. The first drama by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of a working-class black family in Chicago. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and in 1961, the film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, received a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Hansberry's next play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, a drama set in Greenwich Village, had a short run on Broadway in 1964. Hansberry's promising career was tragically cut short by her premature death on January 12, 1965. She was 34 years old. The plays To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Les Blancs were adapted from Hansberry's early writings by her ex-husband Robert Nemiroff. Both plays were produced off-Broadway, in 1969 and 1970 respectively. Henry Louis Gates was born on September 16, 1950, in Keyser, West Virginia. A respected scholar in African American Studies, Gates graduated from Yale and Cambridge universities. A visit to Africa during the 1970s further developed his interest in African American literature and culture and helped him expand his theories. He is respons
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From Our Editors

The 1961 film version of A Raisin in the Sun, with a screenplay by the author, won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, even though one-third of the actual screenplay had been cut out. This completely restored screenplay is the accurate and authoritative edition of Hansberry's script, and a testiment to her accomplishment as a black woman artist

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful, lovable play. It is affectionately human, funny and touching. . . . A work of theatrical magic in which the usual barrier between audience and stage disappears.”
John Chapman, New York News

“An honest, intelligible, and moving experience.”
Walter Kerr, New York Herald Tribune

“Miss Hansberry has etched her characters with understanding, and told her story with dramatic impact. She has a keen sense of humor, an ear for accurate speech and compassion for people.”
Robert Coleman, New York Mirror

“A Raisin in the Sun has vigor as well as veracity.”
Brooks Atkinson, New York Times

“It is honest drama, catching up real people. . . . It will make you proud of human beings.”
Frank Aston, New York World-Telegram & Sun

“A wonderfully emotional evening.”
John McClain, New York Journal American

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18