In 1997, after 28 years of teaching high school English in New York City's public school system, Frank McCourt received a Pulitzer Prize for his first book, the memoir Angela's Ashes. Since then his story of growing up miserably poor in Limerick, Ireland, has been adapted into a feature film and translated into more than 30 languages.
McCourt died on July 19 after a battle with melanoma. He was 78. . . .
For the complete article (revised and expanded), see Frank McCourt on Writing and the Teaching of Writing.