Frank McCourt

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Frank McCourt
McCourt in 2006
Francis McCourt

(1930-08-19)August 19, 1930
DiedJuly 19, 2009(2009-07-19) (aged 78)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of deathMeningitis caused by melanoma
  • Irish
  • American
Alma mater
  • Memoirist
  • writer
  • teacher
Notable workAngela's Ashes: A Memoir
Teacher Man
  • Alberta Small
    (m. 1961; div. 1979)
  • Cheryl Floyd
    (m. 1984; div. 1989)
  • Ellen Frey (m. 1994)
Parent(s)Malachy Gerald McCourt, Sr
Angela Sheehan
RelativesBrothers Malachy McCourt
Michael McCourt
Alphie McCourt
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1997

Francis McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela's Ashes (book). It was made into a movie, Angela's Ashes. It is a memoir of his childhood.[1]

He taught at six New York schools, including McKee Vocational and Technical High School in Staten Island, New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, Seward Park High School, Washington Irving High School, and the High School of Fashion Industries, all in Manhattan.

In May 2009, McCourt announced he had been treated for melanoma and that he was in remission.[2] Two months later, he died from meningitis caused by the disease on July 19, 2009 under hospice care in New York City, a month before his 79th birthday.[3]

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  1. Grossman, Lev (July 19, 2009). "Frank McCourt, 'Angela's Ashes' Author, Dies". TIME. Retrieved April 4, 2013. For most of his life, until he was well into his 60s, Frank McCourt wasn't a writer; he was a teacher. But it is as a writer, the author of the wildly successful memoir Angela's Ashes, that he will be remembered. He died on July 19 in New York of meningitis. He was 78 years old.
  2. "'Angela's Ashes' author Frank McCourt has cancer". USA Today. May 20, 2009. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  3. Kelly, Antoinette (July 21, 2009). "A real Irish send-off for Frank McCourt". IrishCentral. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
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