Frank McCourt is one of the lucky writers whose first book was declared a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. Frank McCourt, who was diagnosed with cancer, passed away on this day in 2009.
Frank McCourt’s book was called Angela’s Ashes, which was actually a collection of his childhood memoirs.
Frank McCourt was born on August 19, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. At that time, the United States was in the throes of a severe economic crisis that made life very difficult, especially for ordinary people. The family then emigrated from the United States and settled in Ireland. Frank McCourt described those days in his book.
Frank’s family settled in Limerick, a small town in Ireland, where his parents struggled to make ends meet, fighting extreme poverty and hardship. Many years later, the author took these days out of his memory and literally illustrated them and published them in book form, which made him famous all over the world. Frank McCourt has dubbed these days the “Age of Poverty.” He later moved to the United States, where Frank McCourt worked as a teacher at a New York school for 30 years before the book was published.
In Ireland, a book based on his childhood memories, Angeles Ashes, sold one million copies and in 1996 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
The book was the subject of a 1999 Hollywood film. Frank McCourt’s book is also called a reflection of Irish social history.
Later, the author preserved his days in New York under the name ‘Tuss and Teacher Man’.
The Irish-American author was 78 years old at the time of his death.