Day 2: Celebrating Black Authors – To Be Young, Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ll be celebrating black authors by sharing a book a day written by a black author and that has a black main character. Some of the authors I’ve read others are new to me and will be added to the ever growing TBR pile.

Title: To Be Young Gifted and Black
Author: Lorraine Hansberry
ISBN-13: 978-0451159526
Publisher: Signet Classics
Release Date: Reissue (January 4, 2011)
[Re-Read] [Add to Growing TBR Pile]

Lorraine Hansberry is one of my favorite playwrights. I could have chosen her most famous play, A Raisin in the Sun, but I definitely enjoyed To Be Young Gifted and Black, too.

Summary from Penguin:

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: An Informal Autobiography was adapted after Hansberry’s death from passages from her plays, interviews, diary entries, letters, and other observations, To Be Young, Gifted and Black is “the portrait of an individual, the workbook of an artist, and the chronicle of a rebel who celebrated the human spirit,” as Robert Nemiroff describes it in the Foreword to the book. “[It is] shaped with a particular purpose in mind: to relate the artist to the person, and place the parts within the context of the whole in such fashion as to enable the words she left to tell her story.”

 

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