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Remembering Frank McCourt, "Teacher Man"

By July 20, 2009

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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.


July 21, 2009 at 10:07 am
(1) maria eugenia munilla says:

I´m an Argentinian teacher. I taught English at high schools in Buenos Aires until I retired 4 years ago. I´ve admired Frank Mc Court since I read Angela´s Ashes, he is my hero. Why? Because I actually felt understood by him, this Teacher Man. That´s all any human being, students included, should get. Thanks for his words. I regret not trying to meet him when I went to New York. I´ll send your article to my colleagues.

July 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(2) Anny Ballardini says:

I cried on that book.

July 23, 2009 at 10:32 am
(3) Monika Kukedi says:

His book was the first English book I read, after I read it in hungarian many times. I am sad he died.

July 27, 2009 at 10:26 am
(4) Ken says:

My thanks for this article. I seen on the news some of Frank’s life and writings, but this drew more attention to his excellent manner of sharing himself by putting the effort into being understood by others.

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