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    Angela's Ashes Author Frank McCourt Said to Be Near Death
    By Stephen M. Silverman
    Originally posted Friday July 17, 2009 09:15 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt, the Brooklyn-born, Ireland-raised author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes, is in a hospice, his brother Malachy McCourt said Thursday.

    Frank McCourt, 78, who recently battled melanoma and contracted meningitis about two weeks ago, "is not expected to live," his younger (by one year) brother told Reuters. The author is in a New York hospice, "his faculties shutting down," according to his sibling.

    After the best-selling Angela's Ashes, which tracked his unimaginably impoverished childhood and was adapted to the screen in 1999, McCourt went on to write two other memoirs, 1999's 'Tis and 2005's Teacher Man, about his experiences as a New York City high-school and college instructor. He also penned a 2007 children's book, Angela and the Baby Jesus.

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    Telling why he wrote about his childhood some six decades after he experienced it, Frank McCourt told C-Span Booknotes" host Brian Lamb in 1997: "I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn't know that I wanted to write about this lane in Limerick, this slum. Because anybody that comes from those circumstances doesn't want to write about it. You're ashamed of it. You don't have any self-esteem.

    "So it wasn't 'til I somehow began to gain some approval or acceptance from my students in New York or from friends of mine … I started talking about growing up in Limerick and – I suppose some of the stuff I told them was amusing and they'd laugh because … poverty is so absurd."

    Frank McCourt has been married to his second wife, Ellen, since 1994. He has a daughter, Maggie, with his first wife, as well as a granddaughter, Chiara, and two grandsons, Frank and Jack.
    Angela's Ashes Author Frank McCourt Said to Be Near Death - Health, Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt : People.com

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    I'm so very sorry to read this. He will be missed.

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    I remember hearing people raving about Angela's Ashes and was of course suspicious because a lot of times when books or movies or whatever get huge reviews I find they're not as great as they're cracked up to be. I'm so glad this was not the case with Angela's Ashes. What a beautifully written book: heartbreaking and tragic, yet full of warmth and humour. His brother's book wasn't nearly as good but still gave me some real belly laughs.
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    Default Frank McCourt, ‘Angela’s Ashes’ Author, Dies at 78

    With eyes 'like piss-holes in the snow'....

    You will not be forgotten.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/books/20mccourt.html
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    I just heard about this on NPR today. It's really too bad, I enjoyed his writing. Hopefully he went peacefully.

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    According to the NYT, he published "Angela's Ashes" at the age of 66, leading the way for late bloomers everywhere. Thanks Frank, you done good.

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    I just heard. I actually welled up for a second. And yeah, the writing...

    With eyes 'like piss-holes in the snow'....
    ...was so beautiful. RIP.
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    Amazing author. He will be missed. RIP.

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    This made me so sad. RIP.

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    I'm putting down my current book to re-read Angela's Ashes. I wonder if I'll love it as much as the first time I read it.
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    I've never read the book but I LOVED the movie.

    R.I.P. Frank.

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