Frank McCourt taught in the New York City public schools for twenty-seven years, the last seventeen of which were spent at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. After retiring from teaching, Frank and his brother, Malachy, performed their two-man show, A Couple of Blaguards, a musical review about their Irish Youth.
His memoir, Angela's Ashes, was published in 1996 by Scribner and has spent over three years on The New York Times bestsellers lists. There are nearly six million copies in print in North America alone and the book is available in eighteen countries. Frank McCourt was the winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award in Biography/Autobiography, the Boston Book Review's Non-Fiction prize, the ABBY Award, and The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Time magazine and Newsweek chose Angela's Ashes, as the best nonfiction book of 1996.
The sequel to Angela's Ashes, Tis: A Memoir, was published by Scribner in September, 1999 and hit The New York Times bestsellers list at number one and remained on the list for 37 weeks.
A feature film of Angela's Ashes, starring Emily Watson, was made by Alan Parker.
Frank lives in Connecticut with his wife, Ellen.