Angela's Ashes

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Angela's Ashes

Angela's Ashes

A Memoir

  • Author: Frank McCourt
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0684864835
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland. “When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy—exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling—does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness. Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.

Popular Contemporary Writers

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Popular Contemporary Writers

Popular Contemporary Writers

  • Author: Michael D. Sharp
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
  • ISBN: 9780761476092
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 11
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Ninety-six alphabetically arranged author profiles include biographical information, critical commentary, and illustrations.

New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora

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New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora

New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora

  • Author: Charles Fanning
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809323432
  • Category: History
  • Page: 329
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In New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora, Charles Fanning incorporates eighteen fresh perspectives on the Irish diaspora over three centuries and around the globe. He enlists scholarly tools from the disciplines of history, sociology, literary criticism, folklore, and culture studies to present a collection of writings about the Irish diaspora of great variety and depth.

Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners

  • Author: Elizabeth A. Brennan,Elizabeth C. Clarage
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781573561112
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 666
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List Pulitzer Prize winners in thirty-nine different categories, arranged chronologically, with biographical and career information, selected works, other awards, and a brief commentary, along with material on Pulitzer.

Irish Autobiography

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Irish Autobiography

Irish Autobiography

Stories of Self in the Narrative of a Nation

  • Author: Claire Lynch
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039118564
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 228
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Living to Tell about it

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Living to Tell about it

Living to Tell about it

A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration

  • Author: James Phelan
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • ISBN: 9780801489280
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 236
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Phelan's compelling readings cover important theoretical ground by introducing a valuable distinction between disclosure functions and narrator functions.

"Survival Factors" in Frank McCourt ́s "Angela ́s Ashes"

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"Survival Factors" in Frank McCourt ́s "Angela ́s Ashes"

  • Author: Helena Schneider
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3638662241
  • Category:
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Essay from the year 2002 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: A, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (Department of Modern Languages), course: Seminar "20th century writing in English" Course: EFL and English Literature, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." ( p. 1 ) These sentences at the beginning of Angelas Ashes summarize very briefly what this novel is about: the survival of a miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Indeed this childhood was shaped by a strict religious upbringing, by poverty and starvation, humiliating experiences, diseases and even death. So what does make this story an exception worth to be read? It obviously must have to do something with "survival." How come the hero of this story did not go mad like one of his classmate's mother who had regularly been carried to the lunatic asylum? How come he did not resign like his mother permanently desperate over their miserable situation? Why did he not become like his father and many other Irish men described in the book, drinking their wages and singing sad songs about brave soldiers ready to die for Ireland? Was he just lucky or where there any special factors which enabled him to come through the first 19 years of his life? What are the reasons for his pure physical but also mental survival? In this essay I am trying to find possible answers to all the questions raised above by analysing Franks relationship to his family, especially to his father and mother, and to other people who played an important role in his life.

Spark Notes - Angela's Ashes

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Spark Notes - Angela's Ashes

Spark Notes - Angela's Ashes

A Memoir

  • Author: Frank McCourt
  • Publisher: Spark Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781586634698
  • Category: Study Aids
  • Page: 84
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Back to the Present, Forward to the Past

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Back to the Present, Forward to the Past

Back to the Present, Forward to the Past

Irish Writing and History Since 1798

  • Author: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. Conference
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9789042020382
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 401
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The island of Ireland, north and south, has produced a great diversity of writing in both English and Irish for hundreds of years, often using the memories embodied in its competing views of history as a fruitful source of literary inspiration. Placing Irish literature in an international context, these two volumes explore the connection between Irish history and literature, in particular the Rebellion of 1798, in a more comprehensive, diverse and multi-faceted way than has often been the case in the past. The fifty-three authors bring their national and personal viewpoints as well as their critical judgements to bear on Irish literature in these stimulating articles. The contributions also deal with topics such as Gothic literature, ideology, and identity, as well as gender issues, connections with the other arts, regional Irish literature, in particular that of the city of Limerick, translations, the works of Joyce, and comparisons with the literature of other nations. The contributors are all members of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures). Back to the Present: Forward to the Past. Irish Writing and History since 1798 will be of interest to both literary scholars and professional historians, but also to the general student of Irish writing and Irish culture.