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I just literally choked on a Goldfish cracker, because I saw in today's (London) Times that Frank McCourt has died at the age of 78. Wow. I loved Angela's Ashes. 'Tis and Teacher Man were also excellent.

I got to meet Mr. McCourt, just very randomly and briefly, when I was 21. I happened to be at Trinity College in Dublin on a day when he was lecturing, and it came to pass that I was standing at the foot of a flight of stairs as he was coming down. I stopped him to express my appreciation for Angela's Ashes (he hadn't yet published his other books), and he was as pleasant and charming as you might imagine he would be, given the personality he expresses in his books. I'm saddened by his passing. RIP, Mr. McCourt.

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castallia
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I read a few days ago that he was ailing. I'm sad to hear this; it sounds as though he was a gracious and talented man.
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