A Raisin in the Sun Author:Lorraine Hansberry When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New... more » York Times.« less
Hansberry's play is both enjoyable and painful. A picture of a time in our history that was shameful, and the pain of the family is shared with the reader. Once you have read the play, see the movie, too. They did a great job of it!