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Teacher Man By Frank McCourt

Teacher Man
by Frank McCourt

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A third memoir from the author of "Angela's Ashes" and "'Tis". In "Teacher Man", Frank McCourt details his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy long years as an English teacher in the public high schools of New York City.
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Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

A third memoir from the author of the huge international bestsellers Angela's Ashes and 'Tis. In Teacher Man, Frank McCourt details his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy long years as an English teacher in the public high schools of New York City. Frank McCourt arrived in New York as a young, impoverished and idealistic Irish boy - but who crucially had an American passport, having been born in Brooklyn. He didn't know what he wanted except to stop being hungry and to better himself. On the subway he watched students carrying books. He saw how they read and underlined and wrote things in the margin and he liked the look of this very much. He joined the New York Public Library and every night when he came back from his hotel work he would sit up reading the great novels. Building his confidence and his determination, he talked his way into NYU and gained a literature degree and so began a teaching career that was to last 30 years, working in New York's public high schools. Frank estimates that he probably taught 12,000 children during this time and it is on this relationship between teacher and student that he reflects in Teacher Man, the third in his series of memoirs. The New York high school is a restless, noisy and unpredictable place and Frank believes that it was his attempts to control and cajole these thousands of children into learning and achieving something for themselves that turned him into a writer. At least once a day someone would put up their hand and shout 'Mr. McCourt, Mr. McCourt, tell us about Ireland, tell us about how poor you were...' Through sharing his own life with these kids he learnt the power of narrative storytelling, and out of the invaluable experience of holding 12,000 people's attention came Angela's Ashes. Frank McCourt was a legend in such schools as Stuyvesant high school - long before he became the figure he is now he would receive letters from former students telling him how much his teaching influenced and inspired them - and now in Teacher Man he will share his reminiscences of those 30 years as well as revealing how they led to his own success with Angela's Ashes and 'Tis.

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Teacher Man Reviews


PRAISE FOR ANGELA'S ASHES: 'An astonishing book ! completely mesmerising -- you can open it almost at random and find writing to make you gasp.' Independent PRAISE FOR 'TIS: 'Few will be able to resist this pacey and fluent sequel... McCourt's gift lies not simply in having lived through interesting times, but in having developed his skills as an editor and narrator to produce two fine, funny and moving slices of a past that is not simply Ireland's, but everyone's.' Guardian PRAISE FOR ANGELA'S ASHES: 'Brilliant and seductive.' THOMAS KENEALLY, author of Schindler's List 'Writing in prose that's pictorial and tactile, lyrical but streetwise, Mr McCourt does for the town of Limerick what the young Joyce did for Dublin: he conjures the place for us with such intimacy that we feel we've walked its streets and crawled its pubs.' New York Times PRAISE FOR 'TIS: "Tis is a work of great charm and power, perhaps even more so than its predecessor.' Mail on Sunday

About Frank McCourt


Frank McCourt's first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it has sold 1.3 million copies in its Flamingo editions alone and tens of millions worldwide. He taught for 30 years in various New York City high schools and in city colleges. His sequel to Angela's Ashes, 'Tis, continued its predecessor's huge success. He lives in New York.

Additional information

GOR001645575
Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2005-11-15
272
0007173989
9780007173983
N/A
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