|Frank McCourt taught in the New York public schools for
twenty-seven years and always encouraged his students to know their own histories and
appreciate the power of their stories. His own memoir, Angelas Ashes, became a literary phenomenon.
writer, performer, teacher and mesmerizing storyteller was born in Brooklyn N.Y. At age four, he moved to the slums of Limerick,
Ireland with his parents and brothers. As
tough as life had been for the McCourts in New York, it doesnt compare to the
hardships they encounter in their native country. Frank
endured poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and
neighborsyet lived to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable
McCourt returned to New
York at age 19, where he worked as a high school teacher for most of the next 45 years.
Inspired by a writing project McCourt had assigned to his class, his
autobiography, Angelas Ashes has quickly
become an international literary record breaker. It has topped best-sellers
lists in both hardback and paperback for over three years. After more than sixty-six
printings, there are over 2.9 million copies in print in North America alone and the book
is available in eighteen countries. In 1997 the book received the Pulitzer Prize for
biography, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award in Biography/Autobiography, The
Boston Book Reviews Non-Fiction prize, the ABBY Award, and The Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1996, both TIME and NEWSWEEK
magazines named the memoir best book of the year.
sequel to Angelas Ashes, Tis: A Memoir,
was published in September 1999 and hit the New York Times bestsellers list at number one. The Alan Parkers film of Angelas Ashes
hit theaters in January 2000.
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