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Kincaid, Jamaica

Works: 258 works in 733 publications in 8 languages and 37,494 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Film adaptations  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Interviewee, Author of introduction, Speaker, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist
Classifications: PR9275.A583, 813
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Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )
53 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 3,208 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 )
63 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,780 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 )
29 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 2,392 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 )
21 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and French and held by 1,738 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 )
35 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 1,617 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 )
12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,515 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( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 336 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 329 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" -- from book jacket
Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 271 libraries worldwide
The best American travel writing 2005 ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 248 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 ( visu )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 200 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 188 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 185 libraries worldwide
A small place by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
The author presents a lyrical and sardonic essay on Antigua, a ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies and the author's birthplace, offering an insider's view of the lives and ways of her people
Life and debt ( visu )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
Jamaica se hizo un país independiente de Gran Bretaña en 1962. Esta es la tierra de mar, arena y sol ... pero esto es también un ejemplo principal de las complejidades de globalización económica sobre los países en vía de desarrollo líderes mundiales
The autobiography of my mother by Jamaica Kincaid( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 87 libraries worldwide
Seventy-year-old Xuela Claudette Richardson explores the mysteries of her hybrid cultural origins and her parents who failed to be parents
The Story and Its Writer : An Introduction to Short Fiction ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
Jamaica Kincaid ( visu )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
Jamaica Kincaid reads and is interviewed by William Gass
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 52 libraries worldwide
Talk stories by Jamaica Kincaid( Book )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 50 libraries worldwide
This collection of Jamaica Kincaid's original writing for "The New Yorker"'s "Talk of the Town" was composed when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983. The essays illuminate 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
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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-
Richardson, Elaine Potter 1949- Frueherer Name
キンケイド, ジャメイカ
English (359)
Spanish (6)
Danish (4)
French (3)
Basque (2)
Dutch (2)
German (1)
Italian (1)
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