A Raisin In The Sun

New York: Random House, 1959

8vo, pp. 142. Original brown marbled three-quarter boards, lettered in gilt-on-black and black-on-grey to spine. Publisher's device and production still of Sidney Poitier to front panel. Top edge yellow. Illustrated dustwrapper. A very near fine, unread copy, in a near fine dustwrapper with a little light edgewear, mostly to spine ends

First edition of the author's first play.

The first play by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway, A Raisin In The Sun opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in March, 1959, with a cast led by Sidney Poiter and Ruby Dee, and has been regularly revived on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The story of the Youngers, a black family struggling both to improve themselves and to define to themselves what that means, was the first play to set the American black experience before a large and predominantly white audience, and in so doing changed theatre's conversation forever. Recent revivals have been led by Lennie James and Norma Dumezweni in London [2005], and Denzel Washington and Sophie Okinedo on Broadway [2014]. A Raisin In The Sun was named the Best Play of 1959 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle -- and would have won the award most years.

Lorraine Hansberry died of cancer aged thirty-four: The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window [1965] was her only other play. This copy of her masterpiece is very well preserved, is not price-clipped, and bears the '6/59' designation on the lower front flap, identifying the dustwrapper as the first issue.

Keywords: Lorraine HANSBERRY"

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