Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson on May 25, 1949, on the British-ruled Caribbean island of Antigua. She changed her name to Jamaica Kincaid in 1973 because her family did not approve her writing career ….. Some saw that, at an early age, she was going to be very intelligent but Kincaid received very little encouragement from those around her. Kincaid was raised by her mother, who was a homemaker, and her step-father, who was a carpenter. She attended a public like school system.
Jamaica Kincaid is an African American literature writer that has impacted many people with her works. Most of her writing has a parallel connection with her life growing up as a child and dealing with the difficulties of living in a Caribbean culture. In two of Jamaica Kincaid’s works “Girl” and Annie John, she gives insight on the Caribbean culture that’s bestowed on girls and her difficulties in having a stable relationship with her mother. Jamaica Kincaid’s maiden name when born was Elaine