Looking for Lorraine

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant And Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
TitleLooking for Lorraine: The Radiant And Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorPerry, Imani
Number of Pages256
PublisherBeacon Press
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number978-0807064498
KeywordsA Raisin in the Sun, Biography, Hansberry, Lorraine, Lorraine Hansberry, playwright, playwriting
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Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work—until now. In 2018, Hansberry will get the recognition she deserves with the PBS American Masters documentary “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” and Imani Perry’s multi-dimensional, illuminating biography, Looking for Lorraine.