Individual Author Record
Name: Lorraine HansberryPen Name: LHN Genre: C:ADULT Born: May 5, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionHansberry was born in and grew up in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationLorraine Hansberry was an American playwright and author. She grew up in Chicago, where her father, a real estate broker, fought a long legal battle against codes that enforced racial segregation in her all-white neighborhood. The case went to the Supreme Court. This experience inspired her most famous work, ''A Raisin in the Sun'', a study of a black family in Chicago and was the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and the 1961 film version won a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. Before her untimely death from cancer, she also wrote, ''The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window''.Her ex-husband, Robert Nemiroff, assembled a posthumous collection of Hansberry's letters and diary entries titled, ''To Be Young Gifted and Black''.
*''A Raisin in the Sun'', Columbia, 1960*''The Sign in Signey Brustein's Window'', 1964*''To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words'', Prentice-Hall, 1969 - posted posthumously.