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

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

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 unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work--until now. In 2018, Hansberry will get the recognition she deserves with the PBS American Masters documentary "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" and Imani Perry's multi-dimensional, illuminating biography, Looking for Lorraine.

After the success of A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry used her prominence in myriad ways: challenging President Kennedy and his brother to take bolder stances on Civil Rights, supporting African anti-colonial leaders, and confronting the romantic racism of the Beat poets and Village hipsters. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation's first lesbian organizations. Hansberry associated with many activists, writers, and musicians, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, among others. Looking for Lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry's extraordinary life--a life that was tragically cut far too short.

Title:Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Edition Language:English

Enjoy the book review !

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Michelle

    “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...

  • Vicky

    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 nam...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    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 aro...

  • Jennifer

    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 a...

  • Charlott

    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 ...

  • Shawn Mooney

    I’m not sure how to divvy up the blame between the author and the audio narrator, but this was just mind numbingly boring despite its biographical subject herself being so important and so darn inte...

  • ScottJB

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

  • Andre

    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, l...

  • Mandy

    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 auth...

  • Nancy

    Finished: 15.10.2018Genre: biographyRating: A+Published: 2018Conclusion:One of the great playwrights of theater history....who we rarely hear about: Lorraine Hansberry.Her play A Raisin in the Sun is...