Thursday, January 10, 2008
Jamaica Kincaid (b. Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson, 25 May 1949 in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda) is an American novelist, gardener, and gardening writer. Today, she lives with her family in Vermont.
In Antigua, Kincaid completed her secondary education under the British system, given Antigua's status as a British colony until 1967. She moved to New York at the age of 17 to work for a family as an au pair. She next worked as a fact checker at Forbes magazine.
Kincaid went on to study photography at the New School for Social Research. She attended Franconia College in New Hampshire for a year and later worked at the New Yorker magazine. In 1973, she changed her name to Jamaica Kincaid because her family disapproved of her writing. She worked for The New Yorker as a staff writer until 1995. Her novel Lucy (1990) is an imaginative account of her experience of coming into adulthood in a foreign country, and continues the narrative of her personal history begun in the novel Annie John (1985). Other novels, such as The Autobiography of My Mother (1996) explore issues of colonialism and much of the anger associated with it. She has also published a collection of short stories, At the Bottom of the River (1983), a collection of essays, A Small Place and more. She is a visiting professor and teaches creative writing at Harvard University.
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