Frank McCourt, Author of Angela’s Ashes, Dies

Sheri Reed
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Frank McCourt, Pultizer-prize winning author of the memoir Angela’s Ashes, died yesterday at age 78.

I saw Frank McCourt lecture in person one time. What a marvelous storyteller and a funny and hope-inspiring man (not to mention adorable!).

McCourt taught in New York school system for nearly 30 years and wrote his own memoir in his 60s. The memoir, named for his mother and titled Angela's Ashes, recalled a poverty-stricken childhood with an alcoholic father and a mother forced to beg on the streets of Limerick, Ireland. The book was published in 1996, quickly hit the bestsellers list, and soon won the Pulitzer Prize for biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book was made into a film in 1999.

We are so sad to hear of Frank McCourt's passing.

Were you a Frank McCourt fan? Did you read the book or see the movie Angela's Ashes?

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