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African American Women Writers

Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), African American playwright and activist, is best known for her play, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), which depicts the frustrations of an impoverished African American family. She worked on many more scripts before her untimely death from cancer, but the only other work to be performed in her lifetime was The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964). Her husband and literary executor, Robert Nemiroff, published her remaining works, including To Be Young, Gifted and Black (1969), a dramatic celebration of her achievements.

Genre: Domestic fiction; Literary fiction; Drama

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