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Frank McCourt has 3 media appearances.

Aug
31
Frank McCourt
Booknotes, Sunday, August 31, 1997
Frank McCourt discusses Angela's Ashes.

" When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness. Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
May
5
A conversation with guest host Calvin Trillin and memoirist Frank McCourt
Charlie Rose, Friday, May 5, 2006
Frank McCourt

Guest host Calvin Trillin talks to Irish memoirist Frank McCourt about McCourt's book (timspalding)

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Although he had performed in several short plays with his younger brother Malachy, Frank McCourt didn't achieve fame until later in life, with the publication of his childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. He was born in Brooklyn to Irish parents who returned with him and his younger brother Malachy to Limerick, where he grew up. He came back to the USA in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he became a teacher in the New York City public schools. Frank and his wife Ellen divided their time between New York and Connecticut. Frank McCourt had one daughter from a previous marriage and one granddaughter.
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