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12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass | Huffington Post

12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass

Who is Jamaica Kincaid?

She’s humble. Very humble.
When asked about her writing process, Kincaid said it changes with every book: “I don’t really have a standard. I’m not really a professional anything, a professional teacher or a professional writer. I suppose I’m a professional breather of oxygen.”

She doesn’t like taking life too seriously.
“I’ve never thought of myself as having a profession because then I’d have to take life really seriously,” she said. “I hate taking life seriously, because there’s time enough for seriousness. What is death if not serious, and that seems to last forever.”

She saves her nice side for students.
When Henry Louis Gates Jr. asked Kincaid to teach at Harvard, where she’s taught since 1992, she said had “never really thought of doing it before” and didn’t feel particularly drawn to it.

However, she says she enjoys it: “It forces me to be kind and to be in a very present state of mind. Writing requires its opposite — it requires no kindness or consideration of others. It forces me to be a nice person.”

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Bibliography
List of works from Wikipedia
Novels
Annie John (1985)
Lucy (1990)
The Autobiography of My Mother (1995)
Mr.Potter (2002)
See Now Then (2013)
Uncollected fiction
Ovando” (1989), Conjunctions 14: 75-83
The Finishing Line” (1990), New York Times Book Review 18
Biography of a Dress” (1992), Grand Street 11: 92-100
Song of Roland” (1993), The New Yorker 69: 94-98
Xuela” (1994), The New Yorker, 70: 82-92
Short story collections
At the Bottom of the River (1983)
Nonfiction Books
A Small Place (1988)
My Brother (1997)
Talk Stories (2001)
My Garden Book (2001)
Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (2005)
Uncollected nonfiction
Antigua Crossings: A Deep and Blue Passage on the Caribbean Sea“(1978) Rolling Stone: 48-50.
Figures in the Distance” (1983)
On Seeing England for the First Time” (1991), Transition Magazine 51: 32-40
Out of Kenya” (1991) New York Times: A15, A19, with Ellen Pall
Flowers of Evil: In the Garden” (1992) The New Yorker 68: 154-159
A Fire by Ice” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 64-67
Just Reading: In the Garden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 51-55
Alien Soil: In the Garden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 47-52
This Other Eden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 69-73
The Season Past: In the Garden” (1994) The New Yorker 70: 57-61
In Roseau” (1995) The New Yorker 71: 92-99.
In History” (1997), The Colors of Nature
My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants they Love (1998), Editor
Children’s Literature
Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip (1986)
Interviews
Selwyn Cudjoe, “Jamaica Kincaid and the Modernist Project: An Interview,” Callaloo, 12 (Spring 1989): 396-411; reprinted in Caribbean Women Writers: Essays from the First International Conference, ed. Cudjoe (Wellesley, Mass.: Calaloux, 1990): 215-231.
Leslie Garis, “Through West Indian Eyes,” New York Times Magazine (7 October 1990): 42.
Donna Perry, “An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” in Reading Black, Reading Feminist: A Critical Anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (New York: Meridian, 1990): 492-510.
Kay Bonetti, “An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” Missouri Review, 15, No. 2 (1992): 124-142.
Allan Vorda, “I Come from a Place That’s Very Unreal: An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” in Face to Face: Interviews with Contemporary Novelists, ed. Vorda (Houston: Rice University Press, 1993): 77-105.
Moira Ferguson, “A Lot of Memory: An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” Kenyon Review, 16 (Winter 1994): 163-188.
Awards and honors
1984 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for At the Bottom of the River
1984 Shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for At the Bottom of the River 1984.
1985 Guggenheim Award for Fiction
1985 Finalist for the International Ritz Paris Hemingway Award for Annie John
1997 Shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for The Autobiography of My Mother
1997 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for The Autobiography of My Mother
1999 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
2000 Prix Femina Étranger for My Brother
2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters
2009 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2010 Center for Fiction’s Clifton Fadiman Medal for Annie John
2011 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University
2014 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for See Now Then
Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award.

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