Frank McCourt

Active - 2003 - 2017  |   Born - Aug 19, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, United States  |   Died - Jul 19, 2009   |   Genres - History

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  • 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.