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Frank McCourt (1930–2009)

Author of Angela's Ashes

34+ Works 36,486 Members 535 Reviews 64 Favorited

About the Author

Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 13, 1930 to Irish immigrant parents. When he was four, his family moved back to Ireland. His father abandoned the family to a life of poverty. He attended school until the age of 14, at which point he was forced to drop out to help support the show more family. In 1949, he returned to the United States, where he worked odd jobs until being drafted into the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Using the GI Bill, he received a degree in English and education from New York University. He worked at several high schools throughout New York City including McKee Vocational and Technical High School, Seward Park High School, and Stuyvesant High School. During this time, he would occasionally write articles for newspapers and magazines. He retired from teaching in 1994. His first memoir, Angela's Ashes, was published in 1996. It won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1996 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. His other memoirs included 'Tis and Teacherman. He died on July 19, 2009 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes (1996) 21,918 copies
'Tis: A Memoir (1999) 7,962 copies
Teacher Man (2005) 4,894 copies
Angela's Ashes / 'Tis (1999) 946 copies
Angela and the Baby Jesus (2007) 436 copies
Angela's Ashes [1999 film] (1997) — Original book — 199 copies
Angela's Ashes [abridged] (1997) 25 copies
A Couple of Blaguards (2011) 10 copies
'Tis: A Memoir [abridged] (2009) 5 copies

Associated Works

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 15,700 copies
Yeats Is Dead! (2001) — Contributor — 411 copies
Brotherhood (2002) — Foreword — 66 copies
Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry (2009) — Foreword — 16 copies

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Memoir of his childhood in Ireland
 
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bentstoker | 336 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
Memoir of his teaching years in NYC
 
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bentstoker | 89 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
Tough story. I made it about halfway through. Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse.
 
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BookListener | 336 other reviews | Jan 18, 2024 |
This book put me in a time and place, and I could smell the class room that Mr. McCourt taught in. He reminds us that the best we can do is to reach the next generation in line. He wasn't always a perfect teacher, nor a perfect man, but he did his best.

read this after Angela's Ashes and 'Tis. Loved them all. His is a distinctive voice.
 
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rpnrch | 89 other reviews | Oct 22, 2023 |

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Works
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Members
36,486
Popularity
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
535
ISBNs
391
Languages
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Favorited
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