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Q+A WITH FRANK MCCOURT
Brooklyn, New York
1934- moved to his native country Ireland
1949- left Limerick for the US
1970- became a teacher at Seward Park High School
1972- taught at Study Vesant High School
1981- his mother, Angela died
Sept 1996- Angela's Ashes got published and hit bookstores all over the US
April 7, 1997- won the Pulitzer Prize for his book
# Have you got any regrets relating to
other people about your personal experiences?
# Are you an American Irish or Irish American ?
# Angela's Ashes has been made into a film (motion
picture). Have you seen the film and what what are your feelings about it?
# I don't think there is much humor in
"Tis" than there was in Angela's Ashes. What is your feeling about it?
# What do you miss the most of Limerick?
# Your book Tis hasn't got nice reviews in the US
because it has been criticized for dealing with profanity.
# What did your book Angela's Ashes mainly focus on?
# Did you have knack for writing in your childhood
-extracted from an interview given to CNN
|Graham Greene, author of The Power and Glory and other major
novels, reveals, in this interview, a prejudice against a certain part of speech:
"I have a sort of family pride in Robert Louis Stevenson, who was my
mother's first cousin. I once knew a couple of pages of Stevenson almost by heart, it was
so wonderfully written. It was a description of action, which is much harder to do than
streams of consciousness. And he didn't use a single adverb! No one jumped quickly or
walked stealthily. Of course, if you get the verbs right, you don't need adverbs."