Loraine Hansberry Signed Personal Edition of The Negro Caravan
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The Negro Caravan: Writings by American Negroes. Edited by Sterling A. Brown. Hansberry's copy, signed and annotated with comments, doodles, marginalia and underlining; her favorite authors checked off in the table of contents. Large, thick 8vo, original cloth, worn, hinges loose. New York, 1941. On the front free end-paper Hansberry has written "Lorraine Hansberry, New York City, 1953," [she was 23]. On the opposing page she has drawn a book, with "Lorraine Hansberry Nemiroff," [she married Robert Nemiroff in 1953], and then, "books, books, books, books, master of MEN . . . aha, but who writes books?" On the rear end-paper, her name and address at 145 Hyde Park, Chicago." The Introduction by Brown has copious underlining. Next to a paragraph discussing Phillis Wheatley and Frederick Douglass, Hansberry writes "Madness!" In a piece on Paul Laurence Dunbar by Edward Arnold, she comments on his generality, "Idiot!" ...... Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 - January 12, 1965) was an American playwright and painter. Her drama, A Raisin in the Sun, first performed in 1959, was the first written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, and was the winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best Broadway play of the 1958-1959 season. In 2004, A Raisin in the Sun received a Broadway revival, earning Tony Awards for Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald...... Undoubtedly, this book had a great influence in the young playwright's life. An especially important one-of-a-kind artifact of one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century.
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