Monday, July 20, 2009

RIP Frank McCourt

Just a small note in remembrance of Frank McCourt, the beloved raconteur and former public school teacher who enjoyed post-retirement fame as the author of "Angela's Ashes," the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of woe about his impoverished Irish childhood, died Sunday of cancer at age 78.

"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood," was McCourt's unforgettable opening.

McCourt will be cremated, his brother said. A memorial service is planned for September.


countrywife said...

My favourite book of his remains Teacher Man, the account of his life has a high school teacher in the New York city high school system. I make the weekly drive between Dublin and Limerick, McCourt’s birth place and scene of Angela’s Ashes, each week and I usually have a book on cd in the car with me, to shorten the journey each week. Not so long ago, that book was Teacher Man, and the miles whizzed by, as I listened to McCourt’s wonderful melodic Limerick lilt mixed with a New Yorker’s inflection bring to life those students and classrooms of New York. Those classrooms were tough places and Frank often lost heart in his teaching ability in those early days. So, I am thrilled to read that his former pupils have been contributing to a New York Times blog dedicated exclusively to remembering the 78-year-old author.

Kamille Leili Elahi said...

May he RIP. I remember reading some of Angela's Ashes in Set 1 English two years ago until I was kicked out. I really loved reading Angela's Ashes(what I read of it at least)

Hadhafang said...

Aw, RIP. It's always sad to lose anyone, special such an influential author.

Jenna Alexander said...

I nominated your blog for a superior scribbler award. I really like reading your posts.


Lazy Writer said...

Wow! I didn't know he died. Angela's Ashes was one of my all time favorite books. Didn't care much for the movie, but the book was great! That's sad to hear.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Oh my....I am devastated... I too am a fan. Teacher Man was a very inspiring book for me when I used to teach.... I think I will go dig out his books...I could use a bit of humor paired up with wisdom...right about now.

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