1961. unbound. 1 page, 10.25 x 7.25 inches, no place, no date, circa 1961. This rare and important letter, written to constitutionalist attorney Howard N. Meyer, pertains to Hollywood's interest in turning "A Raisin in the Sun" into a motion picture, in full: "This is so wonderful, so moving and so enlightening; surely something good must come of it! For my part, I keep seeing such a great film from the book. I will be in touch with you about the offer. Congratulations on your writing." This letter is most definitely referring to the 1961 motion picture starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Boldly signed with her trademark "initial" signature at the conclusion. Together with a 6.5 x 5.5-inch black-and-white photo in a decorative gold frame measuring 14.5 x 17.25 inches with a brick-colored matte. Fine condition.
In 1959 Hansberry became the first African-American to have a play performed on Broadway and "A Raisin In The Sun" was one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The play was based on the true story of her parents' personal fight against racial discrimination while living in a white section of Chicago. She died at the age of 34 after suffering for several years from cancer, thus accounting for the rarity of this item.