Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

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 short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinch A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals...

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Title:Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Author:Imani Perry
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Looking for Lorraine: A Life of Lorraine Hansberry
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry Reviews

  • Liz Murray
    Jan 15, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

  • Joshunda Sanders
    Nov 01, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

  • Britt Aamodt
    Sep 18, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

  • Sally Anne
    Dec 18, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

    This is both an intellectual and emotional tribute to the late brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. The author firmly establishes Hansberry as an "American Radical" by quoting from her writings, both published and unpublished. She also clearly and definitively documents Hansberry's surreptiti...

    Her writing penetrated concentric layers of darkness to allow "...truth to see the light." p. 180. When reading Looking for Lorraine you will be immersed in everything Lorraine Hansberry. From her literary work, large & small, public & private, to her family, mentors, contem...

    The audiobook version is read by an accomplished actor, but was poorly edited and somewhat monotonous. That said, the overall work is interesting, particularly Hansberry's activism and her friendships with James Baldwin and Nina Simone. I think there is more to be said and learned abou...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Aug 05, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

  • Martin
    Feb 15, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

    This is both an intellectual and emotional tribute to the late brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. The author firmly establishes Hansberry as an "American Radical" by quoting from her writings, both published and unpublished. She also clearly and definitively documents Hansberry's surreptiti...

  • Aimee Dars
    Dec 14, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

  • ScottJB
    Feb 07, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

  • Kathy Piselli
    Nov 09, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

  • Andre
    Sep 03, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

  • Lindsey
    Jul 18, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

  • Mandy
    Nov 27, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

  • Les
    Feb 14, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

  • Charlott
    Feb 03, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Oct 21, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

  • Jennifer
    Aug 26, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

  • Vicky "phenkos"
    Sep 18, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

  • Jill Meyer
    Aug 06, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

  • Mysha-Tatiana
    Feb 20, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

    This is both an intellectual and emotional tribute to the late brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. The author firmly establishes Hansberry as an "American Radical" by quoting from her writings, both published and unpublished. She also clearly and definitively documents Hansberry's surreptiti...

    Her writing penetrated concentric layers of darkness to allow "...truth to see the light." p. 180. When reading Looking for Lorraine you will be immersed in everything Lorraine Hansberry. From her literary work, large & small, public & private, to her family, mentors, contem...

    The audiobook version is read by an accomplished actor, but was poorly edited and somewhat monotonous. That said, the overall work is interesting, particularly Hansberry's activism and her friendships with James Baldwin and Nina Simone. I think there is more to be said and learned abou...

    This was a lovely memoir of Lorraine Hansberry. Imani Perry manages to show that she was a lot more than the playwright for A Raisin in the Sun. She was a writer, an activist, an aesthete, a queer trailblazer and gone much too soon. What I find the most compelling about this book was h...

  • Eddie
    Oct 17, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

    This is both an intellectual and emotional tribute to the late brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. The author firmly establishes Hansberry as an "American Radical" by quoting from her writings, both published and unpublished. She also clearly and definitively documents Hansberry's surreptiti...

    Her writing penetrated concentric layers of darkness to allow "...truth to see the light." p. 180. When reading Looking for Lorraine you will be immersed in everything Lorraine Hansberry. From her literary work, large & small, public & private, to her family, mentors, contem...

  • Sharon
    Oct 28, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

  • Michelle
    Feb 10, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

  • Camryn
    Oct 29, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

  • Hannah Cook
    Dec 04, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

  • M R
    Feb 19, 2019

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

  • Andrew
    Sep 16, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

  • Catherine
    Nov 24, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

  • Val
    Jul 30, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

    Imani Perry described Looking for Lorraine as a ?third-person memoir.? That seems a fitting for this book which is worth reading for anyone who would like to know more about this interesting playwright and civil rights activist. While Perry does pinpoint events in Lorraine?...

    I have so many feelings about Lorraine Hansberry. Every time I think of her, I get this literal twinge in my heart of bittersweet love and pure admiration. Before reading this book, I knew very little about her. I haven?t even read ?A Raisin in the Sun? (yet). But I?m so gla...

    Oh wow. I want to cry. This was such an amazing journey. I can?t believe I see so much of myself in a woman who lived so long ago. I loved reading every single part of this book. She never knew me, but I feel more connected to Lorraine. ...

    A communion, but far too short - like her life. ...

    Imani Perry has written a beautiful and needed book on Lorraine Hansberry who, as the author of A Raisin in the Sun, wrote one of the greatest works of 20th-century American literature. So it's crazy that tomes haven't been written about Hansberry. Perry tries to fill in some of the...

    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...

    I knew Lorraine Hansberry wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which I remember reading when I was much younger, and vaguely knew that she was from/connected to Chicago, but this book opened my mind up to her so much more. Lorraine is truly inspiring on so many levels. Here was a beautiful Black...

    It's hard not to gush about this biography because it's about one of my favorite creatives and writers by one of America's most prolific and insightful scholars. Hansberry was only alive for 30 years, but she fit a celebrated play -- A Raisin in The Sun --; a glorious friendship with h...

    A brilliant piece of scholarship that had me falling in love with Lorraine and grieving when she died. There is so much I didn't know about Lorraine Hansberry before reading this book and I wish I had read a book like this a lot sooner. I knew her as the author of A Raisin in the Sun b...

    This biography/literary criticism of the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry is one of the most important books to come out in recent years. It is timely and relevant to our current political climate. Much more than just a chronological listing of names, dates, whens, and whats, the b...

    If I were famous I would wish for a biography like this one. It's scholarship couched in loving words. Hansberry's life was too short. One friend remembers her as "a girl who should have been born tomorrow instead of some yesterday". The yesterday of being the daughter of the kitchenet...

    Princeton University professor Imani Perry has written a relatively short biography, "Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". The book is relatively short because the subject died at the age of 34 of cancer. In that short life, Hansberry became famous...

    Imani Perry provides an intimate biography about the playwright, artist, and civil rights leader Lorraine Hansberry who died tragically at the age of thirty-four. She examines what molded this unapologetically proud woman to become the first African American to feature her play, Raisin...

    This is both an intellectual and emotional tribute to the late brilliant Lorraine Hansberry. The author firmly establishes Hansberry as an "American Radical" by quoting from her writings, both published and unpublished. She also clearly and definitively documents Hansberry's surreptiti...

    Her writing penetrated concentric layers of darkness to allow "...truth to see the light." p. 180. When reading Looking for Lorraine you will be immersed in everything Lorraine Hansberry. From her literary work, large & small, public & private, to her family, mentors, contem...

    The audiobook version is read by an accomplished actor, but was poorly edited and somewhat monotonous. That said, the overall work is interesting, particularly Hansberry's activism and her friendships with James Baldwin and Nina Simone. I think there is more to be said and learned abou...

    This was a lovely memoir of Lorraine Hansberry. Imani Perry manages to show that she was a lot more than the playwright for A Raisin in the Sun. She was a writer, an activist, an aesthete, a queer trailblazer and gone much too soon. What I find the most compelling about this book was h...

    I read the play "A Raisin in the Sun" when I was in high school, but the name Lorraine Hansberry never resonated with me - until now. This woman was a force of nature, confronting whatever she felt was wrong in the world, well before it was fashionable to do so. She should be a role mo...

  • Rouchswalwe
    Sep 29, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...

    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...

    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* I was super excited to read this book because I love Lorraine Hansberry and particularly enjoy getting a chance to teach A Raisin in the Sun when I teach sophomores. I am not...

    Chapter after chapter, I discovered more and more of Lorraine's radiance. Professor Perry has a way of writing that had me feeling as though I were sitting in the archives with her, pondering documents and acquainting myself with two powerful women. I am grateful for Professor Perry's ...

  • Nancy
    Oct 15, 2018

    ?Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry? (2018) is a superb fact filled biographical work that explores the life of this famous playwright, activist, intellectual and feminist artist- writer. Although Lorraine (LH) was widely recognized and celebra...

    Although I haven't quite finished Looking for Lorraine (I'm at the 80% mark), I've decided to set out a few thoughts today to coincide with the publication of the book. I first became aware of the name "Lorraine Hansberry" while watching Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Y...

    Born into the intellectual and activist middle class, Lorraine Hansberry's soaring intellect and inner strength allowed her to produce the work she's best known for, A Raisin in the Sun. That work arose out of family history in Chicago. She was years ahead of her time, but her backgrou...

    I received this as a digital galley from NetGalley. I am hard pressed to dislike a literary biography but this one was exceptionally good. I liked how Ms. Perry divulged gaps in the historical record and took care to not infer too much. Additionally, the structure of the book ma...

    I want to start this review with a simple statement: This might be one of the best biographies I have read to date. I don't throw around this sentence lightly but from start to finish I was engrossed in Imani Perry's "Looking for Lorraine. The Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry". B...

    I loved reading this book! Though Lorraine Hansberry has passed, her impressive spirit (and leadership) is still waiting for us to catch up. ...

    This is a very thorough, meticulously researched and comprehensive biography of Lorraine Hansberry and I found it both interesting and illuminating. But it is also verges on the memoir (which the author acknowledges) of someone who obviously has enormous admiration and affection for Ha...

    Through the years I?ve heard about the activism and radicalism of Lorraine Hansberry, but never was there a book-length treatment of said activism. Well, thanks to Imani Perry?s careful, caring, love-filled and yes, a radiant piece of scholarship that void has now been brilliantly ...

    Finished: 15.10.2018 Genre: biography Rating: A+ Published: 2018 Conclusion: One of the great playwrights of theater history ....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry. Her play A Raisin in the Sun is nr 10 on the list of The 50 Best Plays of the Past 100 Years Learn...