Acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt will give a free, public lecture at Lamar University on his novels and teaching experience Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre.
Frank McCourt spent the majority of his working life in a classroom and his excellent writing skills make him a definite person of interest. Everyone in the community can learn from this popular author, said Andrea Karlin, professor of pedagogy and chair of the academic lecture series. McCourt also will host a question and answer session at 4 p.m. for Lamar students and faculty in the John Gray Center Auditorium. Book signings will follow both the student and public lectures.
McCourt was born in New York City and raised in Limerick, Ireland during the 30s and 40s. At age 19, he returned to the U.S. to get the education he had always wanted, but was unable to achieve in Ireland. McCourt put himself through New York University School of Education and went on to teach 27 years as a New York public high school teacher until he retired in 1996.
McCourt burst onto the literary scene at age 66 with a memoir of his childhood, Angela’s Ashes. The book was an immediate hit and maintained bestseller status on the New York Times list for 117 weeks.
In Angela’s Ashes McCourt brings to life the hardships he experienced growing up in Limerick. Living in a vermin-infested house, constantly flooded by the heavy rains, caused three of the seven children to die of disease. McCourt, himself, almost died at the age of 10 from typhoid fever. Despite the horrors, McCourt focuses on his love of family and uses humor and vivid description to bring his past back to life.
In addition to the esteemed Pulitzer Prize, Angela’s Ashes won the ABBY Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The paperback version of the novel was also on the bestsellers list, as well as Tis: A Memoir, which picks up McCourt’s life as he arrived in America. Overall, Angela’s Ashes has sold 4 million copies in 17 countries and has been translated into 17 different languages.
McCourt has released several other works including a musical revue, several books and plays. His novels Tis, Angela & the Baby Jesus and Teacher Man will also be included in his speech. Aside from writing, McCourt lectures at colleges and universities across the U.S. and is a contributing editor for LIFE magazine.
The Spring Academic Lecture Series is hosted by the College of Education and Human Development and is paid for by student service fees.
For more information about the lecture, contact Lamar's College of Education and Human Development at (409) 880-8661.