Active - 2003 - 2017 |
Born - Aug 19, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, United States |
Died - Jul 19, 2009 |
- His family left New York for Ireland during the Great Depression to escape poverty.
- Three of his siblings died in childhood and he nearly succumbed to typhoid fever at age 10.
- When he was 19, he returned to America where he first worked as a janitor and bellhop at New York's Biltmore Hotel.
- After serving in the Army, he convinced New York University to accept him under the G.I. Bill, even though he didn't have a high school education.
- After teaching high school English for three decades, he retired and wrote the 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes; his first book won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award.
- In 2007, he wrote a children's book called Angela and the Baby Jesus.