Sunday, July 19, 2009

Frank McCourt

NEW YORK - 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.

I read Teacher Man about a month ago. All his years of teaching creative writing in New York City the end, only one student challenged him to write a book. The last line of Teacher Man:

"Maybe I will."

I'm glad he did.

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