In Teacher Man Frank turns his attention to the subject that he most often talks about in his lectures---teaching: why it's so important, why it's so undervalued. He describes his own coming of age, as a teacher, a storyteller and, ultimately, a writer. He is alternately humble and mischievous, down-trodden and rebellious. He instinctively identifies with the underdog; his sympathies lie more with students than administrators. It takes him almost fifty years to find his voice in the classroom, but what's clear in the thrilling pages of Teacher Man is that from the beginning he seized and held his students' attention by telling them memorable stories.
Frank McCourt was born in 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and at the age of nineteen, returned to America. Surviving initially through a string of casual jobs, spending every spare minute reading books from the public library, Frank began a process of self-education and improvement which led, eventually, to a career as a high-school teacher.
Then in his sixties, Frank McCourt sat down and began writing about his past. The tales of his childhood that he had told many times to his classes at school and in the bars of New York soon took shape as the highly acclaimed memoir which is Angela's Ashes(1999). Published initially in America, it went straight into the bestseller lists and then crossed the Atlantic to take the bookshops by storm in his native Ireland, in the rest of Europe, and around the world.