FRANK McCOURT 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. His musical review The Irish and How They Got That Way ran for a year at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York and is currently playing in a number of cities across the U.S. and in Melbourne, Australia.
In September 1996, Scribner published Frank's childhood memoir Angela's Ashes. It has been at the top of bestseller lists across the country ever since (117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list as of 4/4/99). After more than sixty-five printings, there are over 2,325,000 copies in print in North America alone. The book is available in eighteen countries. Frank McCourt was the winner of 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 sequel to Angela's Ashes, Tis was published by Scribner in September, 1999, reaching the number one position on the New York Times hardcover Bestseller list, with Angela's Ashes number one in softcover. Angela's Ashes was released as a feature film Christmas, 1999.
Frank lives in Connecticut with his wife, Ellen.