Extracts from pp.202-205 'Jamaica Kincaid'; by Pamela Smith from "Black Women in America, 2E, Volume 2" edited by Clarke Hine, Darlene (2005) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/black-women-in-america-9780195156775?cc=us&lang=en&
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KINCAID, JAMAICA (b. 25 May 1949), writer. Born Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson in St John's, capital of the small Caribbean island of Antigua, Jamaica Kincaid was introduced to the reading public of the New Yorker magazine in the early 1970s through a series of short stories that would later be turned into Kincaid's first novel length work. In fact, this pattern of first publishing each of her novels as magazine short stories was characteristic of her fictional works, as was her preoccupation with the themes of loss, dislocation, and the imbalance of power.