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Henrietta Camilla Jenkin was the author of eleven novels published over three and a half decades of the mid nineteenth century. They draw on her wide European and—perhaps most powerfully in her unflinching depiction of slavery—her Jamaican experience. Despite their frequent treatment of courtship they sometimes warn readers to beware of marriage altogether.
1807 or 1808 Henrietta Camilla Jackson (later HCJ) was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the only daughter in a family which also had three sons. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 9 May 1840 HCJ published with Richard Bentley the first of her novels, Miss Aylmer; or, The Maid's Husband, anonymously: she began writing because her family needed the money. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By June 1859 HCJ's anti-slavery novel Cousin Stella; or, Conflict, published as by 'the author of Violet Bank' and set mostly in Jamaica in the early 1830s, was the one that made her name. Bibliographic Citation link.
1874 HCJ set her final novel, Jupiter's Daughters, in French provincial society. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 February 1885 HCJ died of "paralysis and bronchitis", Bibliographic Citation link. three days after her husband's death (of which she was not told); her son died only four months later, quite unexpectedly, after a minor operation. Bibliographic Citation link.
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