Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Writers

Notable Facts

Wrote for the New Yorker for almost twenty years and is the author of numerous short stories and books including, "At the Bottom of the River" (1984) and "Lucy" (1990). Visiting lecturer at Harvard University.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/25/1949

Primary Residence

Bennington

Ethnicity

Caribbean American

Historical Significance

Jamaica Kincaid wrote for the New Yorker for almost twenty years and is the author of numerous short stories and books including "At the Bottom of the River" (1984) and "Lucy" (1990).

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John's, Antigua as Elaine Potter Richardson in 1949. When she finished school, she moved to the United States to be an au pair in New York and took writing classes at the New School for Social Research. Kincaid won a full scholarship to Franconia College in New Hampshire but only attended the school for two years. She took the pen name Jamaica Kincaid in 1973 and got a job as a staff writer at the New Yorker in 1976. She stayed with the New Yorker until 1995, even though she and her husband, Allen Shawn, moved to Bennington, Vermont in 1985 to teach at Bennington College. Her writing talents developed over the years and she has published numerous short stories, essays, and novels. Her works include: "At the Bottom of the River"(1984), "Annie John" (1985), "Lucy" (1990), "The Autobiography of My Mother" (1996), "My Brother" (1997), and "My Garden (Book)"(1999), in which she describes her garden in Bennington, Vermont. Her most recent works are "Talk Stories" (2001), "Seed Gathering Atop the World"(2002), and "Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas" (2005). Kincaid is currently a visiting lecturer on African and African-American Studies and on English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan University in 2008.

Occupations

  • Staff writer for the New Yorker
  • Author
  • Visiting lecturer at Harvard University.

Education

  • Franconia College (2 years)
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wesleyan University, (2008).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Jamaica Kincaid Biography Link

  • Salon Feature on Jamaica Kincaid Link

  • Snell, Marilyn. "Jamaica Kincaid Hates Happy Endings." Mother Jones. September/ October 1997. Link

  • Duffy, John, ed. "Jamaica Kincaid." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. University of New England Press, 2003.