taught in the New York City
public schools for twenty-seven
years, the last seventeen of
which were spent at Stuyvesant
High School in Manhattan. After
retiring from teaching, Frank
and his brother, Malachy,
performed their two-man show,
A Couple of Blaguards, a
musical review about their Irish
Youth. In September 1996,
Scribner published Frank's
childhood memoir, Angela's
Ashes, which spent 117 weeks
on the New York Times bestseller
list. After more than sixty-five
printings, there are over
2.3 million copies in print in
North America alone.
McCourt has won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award in Biography/Autobiography, The Boston Book Review's Non-Fiction prize, the ABBY Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
Time Magazine and Newsweek chose Angela's Ashes as the best nonfiction book of 1996. The hardcover of Angela's Ashes spent 23 weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Alan Parker film of Angela's Ashes, starring Emily Watson, was released to wide acclaim in 1999; the same year that the second volume of McCourt's memoirs, 'Tis', was published. Teacher Man was published in hardcover in 2005.
"F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. I think I've proved him wrong. And all because I refused to settle for a one-act existence, the 30 years I taught English in various New York City high schools." - Frank McCourt.
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