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Kincaid, Jamaica

Works: 207 works in 769 publications in 17 languages and 37,482 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Film adaptations  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Bildungsromans  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Speaker, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist
Classifications: PR9275.A583, 813
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Most widely held works about Jamaica Kincaid
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Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

85 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 3,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episodes from the young life of Annie John, aged 10 to 17, as she grows up on the Caribbean Island of Antigua. This is a magical coming-of-age tale, ripe with the special ambience of its tropical setting and sustained by Annie's far from naive awareness of the world around her. Death, illness, and poverty intrude on the narrator's perceptive sensibility from time to time, but even these experiences instruct her and expand her understanding of life and its shifting reality. Although Annie leaves Antigua at the end of the novel for a new role as a student in England, the hollowness she feels at her departure is balanced by the new self that awaits her as she begins the search for her own identity. A poetic and intensely moving work from the author of At the Bottom of the River
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

83 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucy has left the West Indies for a job in New York, but she discovers that her employers' perfect lives are not what they seem
The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

55 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The West Indian narrator vents her bitterness at the unhappy life fate dealt her--mother died in childbirth, father ignored her, stepmother tried to kill her, at school she had an abortion. Finally, she married a white doctor, but it was impossible for her to love him because he was a colonialist. She draws parallels with the despair of her country--Dominica--attributing it to the legacy of slavery. By the author of Lucy
Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamaica Kincaid's first obsession, the island of Antigua, comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr. Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffeur who makes his living along the wide, open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side, and suppressed passion fills the air. Misery infects the unstudied, slow pace of this island and of Mr. Potter's days. As Kincaid's narrative unfolds in linked vignettes, his story becomes the story of a vital, crippled community. Kincaid strings together a moving picture of Mr. Potter's ancestors -- beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide -- and the outside world that presses in on his life, in the form of his Lebanese employer and, later, a couple fleeing World War II. Within these surroundings, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters -- one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies, and will tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy. In Mr. Potter, her most luminous, ambitious work to date, Kincaid breathes life into a figure unlike any in contemporary fiction, an individual consciousness emerging gloriously out of an unexamined life
At the bottom of the river by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

46 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short works by the acclaimed West Indian author follows the ties between mother and child, the beauty and destructiveness of nature, the gulf between man and woman, and the significance of familiar objects
See now then by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. A mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England, move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future, constrained by the world, the characters despairing in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. This is a piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness
See now then a novel by Jamaica Kincaid( Recording )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. A mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future, constrained by the world, the characters despairing in their domestic situations
My favorite plant : writers and gardeners on the plants they love( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The passion for gardening and the passion for words come together in this inspired anthology, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as beans and roses, by writers who garden and by gardeners who write. Among the contributors are Christopher Lloyd, on poppies Marina Warner, who remembers the Guinee rose and Henri Cole, who offers poems on the bearded iris and on peonies. There is also an explanation of the sexiness of castor beans from Michael Pollan and an essay from Maxine Kumin on how, as Henry David Thoreau put it, one "[makes] the earth say beans instead of grass." Most of the essays are new in print, but Colette, Katharine S. White, D.H. Lawrence, and several other old favorites make appearances. Jamaica Kincaid, the much-admired writer and a passionate gardener herself, rounds up this diverse crew. A wonderful gift for green thumbs, My Favorite Plant is a happy collection of fresh takes on old friends"--
Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best American travel writing 2005( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jamaica Kincaid has assembled twenty-five pieces that showcase the wonder of curiosity and discovery in the face of the unknown. Seth Stevenson gives a hilarious account of disliking a destination. Simon Winchester cherishes a brief encounter with a remote location and gracious hosts. Madison Smartt Bell allows the spirits to guide him in Haiti, while Jim Harrison follows his stomach to a thirty-seven-course meal in France. Ian Frazier proves that one needn't stray far from home to experience real travel as he examines Route 3, the highway that runs between his New Jersey suburb and New York City."--BOOK JACKET
Readings & conversations reading by Jamaica Kincaid ; conversation with William Gass( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antiguan novelist Jamaica Kincaid reads from and is interviewed about her work
The best American essays, 1995( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes essays by Joseph Brodsky, William H. Gass, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Edward Hoagland, Edna O'Brien, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, John Edgar Wideman, and Tobias Wolff, among others
Poetics of place by Lynn Geesaman( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A small place by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

34 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua--by the author of Annie John "If you go to Antigua as a tourist, this is what you will see. If you come by aeroplane, you will land at the V. C. Bird International Airport. Vere Cornwall (V. C.) Bird is the Prime Minister of Antigua. You may be the sort of tourist who would wonder why a Prime Minister would want an airport named after him--why not a school, why not a hospital, why not some great public monument. You are a tourist and you have not yet seen . . ." So begins Jamaica Kincaid's expansive essay, which shows us what we have not yet seen of the ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies where she grew up. Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, in a Swiftian mode, A Small Place cannot help but amplify our vision of one small place and all that it signifies
My brother by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de zwarte, biseksuele, aan drugs verslaafde aidspatiënt Devon Drew, broer van de Caribische schrijfster Jamaica Kincaid, die o.a. bekend is van boeken over lesbische meisjes
Life and debt by Stéphanie Black( Visual )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce portrait désenchanté de la Jamaïque accompagne les touristes américains qui déferlent sur l'île sans même se rendre compte du dénuement de sa population et du délabrement de son économie. Très vite, on découvre les coupables de cet enfer des tropiques : la FMI, la Banque mondiale, l'OMC... Ce documentaire décrypte mieux que de longs discours la triste réalité de la mondialisation
The Story and its writer : an introduction to short fiction by Ann Charters( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information: 6th ed. Includes bibliographical references
The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventy-year-old Xuela Claudette Richardson explores the mysteries of her hybrid cultural origins and her parents who failed to be parents
Talk stories by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From "The Talk of the Town," Jamaica Kincaid's first impressions of snobbish, mobbish New York Talk Pieces is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. Kincaid found a unique voice, at once in sync with William Shawn's tone for the quintessential elite insider's magazine, and (though unsigned) all her own--wonderingly alive to the ironies and screwball details that characterized her adopted city. New York is a town that, in return, fast adopts those who embrace it, and in these early pieces Kincaid discovers many of its hilarious secrets and urban mannerisms. She meets Miss Jamaica, visiting from Kingston, and escorts the reader to the West Indian-American Day parade in Brooklyn; she sees Ed Koch don his "Cheshire-cat smile" and watches Tammy Wynette autograph a copy of Lattimore's Odyssey; she learns the worlds of publishing and partying, of fashion and popular music, and how to call a cauliflower a crudite. The book also records Kincaid's development as a young writer--the newcomer who sensitively records her impressions here takes root to become one of our most respected authors
Jamaica Kincaid( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamaica Kincaid reads and is interviewed by William Gass
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Alternative Names
Kincaid, J.

Kincaid, Jamaica 1949-

Ḳinḳes, Gʾameḳah 1949-

Potter Richardson, Elaine 1949-

Potter Richardson , Elaine Cynthia

Qînqêyd, Ǧameiqā 1949-

Richardson, Elaine Cynthia Potter 1949-

Richardson Elaine Potter

Richardson, Elaine Potter 1949-

キンケイド, ジャメイカ

LucyThe autobiography of my motherMr. PotterAt the bottom of the riverMy favorite plant : writers and gardeners on the plants they loveThe best American travel writing 2005The best American essays, 1995A small place