August 23, 2020
|Jamaica Kincaid was born on May 25, 1949 in Antigua as Elaine Potter Richardson.|
She never met her biological father and her mother soon remarried. After attending primary school during the time of the British colonisation, Jamaica left the island and migrated to New York, leaving her birth name behind her.
Her work is considered autobiographical work.
She first worked as an au-pair, then went through several different working experiences, including studying photography and attending Franconia College before eventually becoming a staff writer for The New Yorker.
Her stories have appeared in the Paris Review, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.
Her first book, At the Bottom of the River (1983), was awarded the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. but when she fled the island at the age of seventeen.
She now resides in Bennington Vermont with her husband and children.
Talk Stories (2001)
My Garden (1999)
My Favorite Plant (editor) (1998)
My Brother (1997)
The Autobiography of My Mother (1996)
“Song of Roland.” New Yorker (12 April 1993)
At the Bottom of the River (1992) Lucy (1990)
“Ovando.” Conjunctions14 (1989)
A Small Place (1988)
Annie John (1983)
“Antigua Crossing.” Rolling Stone. (29 June 1978)
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CHERRY NATURAL (JAMAICA) SPOKEN WORD
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