Frank McCourt was born on August 19, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to Malachy and Angela McCourt who were Irish immigrants. He grew up in Limerick, Ireland, returning to America in 1949. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, he enrolled in New York University from which he received his teaching degree. He obtained his Masters degree from Brooklyn College. For thirty years, he taught in New York City high schools, first at McKee High School in Staten Island and for nearly two decades at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan where he would find his writing voice.
His first book, the critically acclaimed and international bestselling memoir ANGELA'S ASHES (Scribner, 1996) won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. It has been published in 25 languages and 30 countries. Frank McCourt is also the author of 'TIS (Scribner, 1999), TEACHER MAN (Scribner, 2005), and the children’s book, ANGELA AND THE BABY JESUS (Scribner/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2007), all of which were New York Times bestsellers. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold in North America alone.
Along with his brother Malachy McCourt, he co-wrote and performed in the play “A Couple of Blaguards.” In 2006, Frank McCourt won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.
McCourt passed away on July 19, 2009 at the age of 78. The cause was metastatic melanoma.