Frank McCourt passed today of cancer at the age of 78.
Angela's Ashes is one of those works that influenced who I am today. The feelings generated during that reading were nearly tangible. It was Mr. McCourt's descriptions that led me to minor in history and split my time between English and Irish history. (btw, literature and history compliment each other beautifully.)
I harboured a secret hope to one day meet Mr. McCourt--to attend one of his lectures. Through his craft, he found great success. But, I believe it was his teaching that allowed him to leave his deepest influence. Oh, to have been his student!
Thank you for the laughter and wonderful stories, Mr. McCourt.