Frank McCourt, Author of Angela's Ashes, Dies

Frank McCourt's career was teaching, and then, late in life, his storytelling blossomed and he became the author of an immensely popular book about his childhood

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Author Frank McCourt

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.

McCourt was born in Brooklyn in 1930 — he would later, much later, memorably describe the scene of his conception in his memoir — but he grew up in Ireland....

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