Looking for Lorraine

The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

An intimate look into the life and writings of a young Black woman who altered the world

By Imani Perry Read by LisaGay Hamilton African American / Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 8h 28m Sell Sheet
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7 Audio CDs September 18, 2018 $34.99 $24.99 9781974924431 Add to Cart
1 MP3 CDs September 18, 2018 $24.99 $19.99 9781974924448 Add to Cart
							A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century. Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements with an unflinching commitment to social justice. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation’s first lesbian organizations. Hansberry associated with many activists, writers, and musicians, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, W.E.B. Du Bois, among others. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been relegated to one work—until now. Looking for Lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry’s exceptional life—a life that was tragically cut too short.

[Starred Review] “Perry seeks to deepen our appreciation in this richly dimensional portrait of a brightly blazing artist, thinker, and activist . . . . Perry’s ardent, expert, and redefining work of biographical discovery brings light, warmth, scope, and enlightening complexity to the spine-straightening story of a brilliant, courageous, seminal, and essential American writer.” - Booklist