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

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

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 Hainsberry
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 Hainsberry Reviews

  • gregory
    Dec 07, 2018
    fucking terrific. she describes it as a third person memoir, and that's precisely right as you have a guide with a point of view helping walk you through ms. Hansberry's life in a richer more nuanced way than dry biography. a triumph in that it not only highlights the salient points o...
  • Kate
    Nov 15, 2018
    I have wanted a biography of Lorraine Hansberry ever since I read her book Young, Gifted and Black. I was surprised that their hadn?t been an authoritative biography. Apparently that is on the way from another author, and this is more a reflection on her life and art and politics and...
  • Carrie
    Dec 03, 2018
    Solid 3.5. Hansberry is a wonder, and this is a loving, well-researched overview of her life. It's a little too subjective (which Perry acknowledges from the beginning), with a few fairly large gaps. I look forward to Margaret Wilkerson's upcoming biography, but Looking for Lorraine is...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    Nov 01, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Lynda M
    Nov 25, 2018
    I was once again profoundly sad that I didn?t know more about Lorraine while she was still living as I have been burden with a double lost. Tremendous debt of gratitude to Imani Perry for writing such an intimate and personal portrait of Lorraine as artist and as an extraordinary hum...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Aug 05, 2018
    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...
  • Kathy Piselli
    Nov 09, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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...
  • Kimberly
    Nov 16, 2018
    kinda read like academia book. but good read still. ...
  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Oct 21, 2018
    One of the best biographies I have ever read. ...
  • Mary Nee
    Oct 27, 2018
    A good literary biography ! ...
  • Larry
    Sep 29, 2018
    An insightful, loving, and graceful musing on the life and work of this important radical playwright. One of the best books I've read this year. ...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 26, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Eddie
    Oct 17, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Justlesa Hall
    Oct 25, 2018
    Reading A Raisin in the Sun as a child, I have long wondered about the woman behind the play. This book is an excellent portrayal of the most intimate moments of Hansberry life. Such a fascinating woman who the world had for just a short time. ...
  • Camryn
    Oct 29, 2018
    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
    I?d never heard of her before I started but had tears in eyes at the end when she dies ...
  • Andrew
    Sep 16, 2018
    *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
    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
    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...
  • Alan LaPayover
    Nov 04, 2018
    Thank you, Imani Perry, for your most beautiful gift. ...
  • Rouchswalwe
    Sep 29, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Professor Typewriter
    Nov 24, 2018
    I wanted to like the book, but I did not. I did not appreciate the first person language the author used. Often Imani Perry?s book was repetitive. PBS American Masters did a satisfying job covering the life of Lorraine Hansberry. Ultimately, I was looking for Lorraine too, but I did ...