Jamaica Kincaid Biography | Author of Girl

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Raised in Antigua, a small and beautiful island nation in the Caribbean, Kincaid experienced firsthand the colonialism that affects so many of her characters. Antigua was a colony of Great Britain, when Kincaid was born on May 25, 1949, and given the name Elaine Potter Richardson. Elaine's mother, Annie Richardson Drew, was a believer in obeah, a West Indian religion incorporating magic and ritual. For nine years Elaine was an only child, and felt happy and loved. She began school when she was four, the same year her mother taught her to read. She was a bright student. When her three brothers were born, she felt that her mother turned away from her; a longing for a reconciliation with a distant mother is a recurring theme in Kincaid's work.

Elaine's adolescent years were turbulent. She became aware of various ways that black Antiguans were made to serve the British, and...

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