Teacher Man: A Memoir

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Sep 19, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
76 Reviews
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, mega-bestselling author who wore his celebrity with extraordinary grace comes a magnificently appealing book about teaching and about how one great storyteller found his voice.

Frank McCourt became an unlikely star when, at the age of sixty-six, he burst onto the literary scene with Angela's Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. Then came 'Tis, his glorious account of his early years in New York.

Now, here at last is McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and compelling honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faced in the classroom. Teacher Man shows McCourt developing his unparalleled ability to tell a great story as, five days a week, five periods per day, he worked to gain the attention and respect of unruly, hormonally charged or indifferent adolescents.

For McCourt, storytelling itself is the source of salvation, and in Teacher Man the journey to redemption -- and literary fame -- is an exhilarating adventure.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

My husband loved the book!

User Review  - beadergal - Overstock.com

Teacher Man A Memoir by Frank McCourt was a purchase for my husbands birthday gift. He read it and said it is a great story about the Irish teacher. This man has also written Angelas Ashes which my ... Read full review

Review: Teacher Man (Frank McCourt #3)

User Review  - Richard Duerden - Goodreads

This is my favourite of Frank McCourt's books. I found Angela's Ashes just too unremittingly bleak. Teacher Man is not all about teaching as it tells of how he lives in New York before accidentally ... Read full review

All 37 reviews »

Selected pages


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 9
Section 10
Section 11

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2006)

Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

Bibliographic information