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Transcript of Lorraine Hansberry
The Drinking Gourd
to be Young Gifted and Black (informal biography)
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is a collection most if not all Lorraine Hansberrys poetry, play scenes, drawings, sketches and speeches. Her Life List of Famous Works Though Lorraine has passed on, her writings continue to be used in schools, to study discrimination, law, history, characterization and countless other topics. Her works can also be read for pleasure and entertainment. For example... Lorraine's life and experiences were often expressed in her work. Her stories, poetry, and fables were often a way for her to express herself and may have helped relieve stress. However, her belief that discrimination, of any sort, was wrong, and obviously implied in her work. Lorraine's work was easily relatable to readers of her time; her experiences and her creativity brought her pieces to life. It may have been for those reasons Lorraine won Best Play of the year from the New York Critics Circle. Though her grown up years were full of fame and as some say fortune, Lorraine had tragedies of her own to add to the pressure of being famous. Such as: in 1945 her father died, in 1963 she was diagnosed with cancer, and in 1964 she and her husband divorced. Lorraine died in 1965 at age thirty-five. Though Lorraine and Robert Nemiroff divorced they continued to work together. Even after Lorraine's death Robert spent his entire life promoting her works and adapting some stories to become plays, musicals, and movies. He even put a together a collection of all her works called Les Blancs. Because of Robert Nemiroffs devotion Lorraine’s works have not been lost in the literate world, and are still used today. Robert Nemiroff Works Cited Harvey, Dennis. "A Raisin in the Sun." Variety 4 Feb. 2008: 93. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. Robinson-English, Tracey. "Young, gifted and Black students thrive despite the odds." Ebony June 2006: 136+. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012 "Hansberry, Lorraine: Introduction." Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion. Ed. Jessica Bomarito and Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 6: 20th Century, Authors (H-Z). Detroit: Gale, 2005. 1-2. Gale Power Search. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. "Lorraine Hansberry." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. Lorraine Smiling. N.d. Photograph. Americanradioworks.publicradio.org. Web. 25 Sept. 2012. <http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/blackspeech/lhansberry.html>. My Project on: by: Emily Conger THE END!