Teacher Man

Teacher Man

Frank McCourt

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A third memoir from the author of the huge international bestsellers ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and ‘‘Tis’. In ‘Teacher Man’, Frank McCourt details his illustrious, amusing, and sometimes rather bumpy years as an English teacher in the public high schools of New York City. Frank McCourt arrived in New York as a young, impoverished and idealistic Irish boy – but who crucially had an American passport, having been born in Brooklyn. He didn't know what he wanted except to stop being hungry and to better himself. On the subway he watched students carrying books. He saw how they read and underlined and wrote things in the margin and he liked the look of this very much. He joined the New York Public Library and every night when he came back from his hotel work he would sit up reading the great novels. Building his confidence and his determination, he talked his way into NYU and gained a literature degree and so began a teaching career that was to last thirty years, working in New York’s public high schools. Frank estimates that he probably taught 12,000 children during this time and it is on this relationship between teacher and student that he reflects in ‘Teacher Man’, the third in his series of memoirs. The New York high school is a restless, noisy and unpredictable place and Frank believes that it was his attempts to control and cajole these thousands of children into learning and achieving something for themselves that turned him into a writer. At least once a day someone would put up their hand and shout ‘Mr. McCourt, Mr. McCourt, tell us about Ireland, tell us about how poor you were.’ Through sharing his own life with these kids he learnt the power of narrative storytelling, and out of the invaluable experience of holding 12,000 people’s attention came ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Frank McCourt was a legend in such schools as Stuyvesant high school – long before he became the figure he is now, he would receive letters from former students telling him how much his teaching influenced and inspired them – and now in ‘Teacher Man’ he shares his reminiscences of those thirty years as well as revealing how they led to his own success with ‘Angela's Ashes’ and ‘’Tis’.

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    Scrittore statunitense. Giovanissimo, torna con la sua famiglia in Irlanda. Dopo un'infanzia miserabile a Limerick rientra di nuovo negli Stati Uniti. Sopravvive grazie a piccoli e miseri lavoretti e poi si arruola nell'esercito americano, prima di cominciare gli studi di Letteratura che gli apriranno la strada alla professione futura. Diventa infatti professore prima alla scuola superiore e poi all'Università. Autore esordiente all'età di settant'anni, si è deciso a raccontare la sua infanzia e ascensione sociale nel nuovo mondo, pubblicando i due primi volumi delle sue memorie: Le ceneri di Angela (1997), dove le ceneri sono quelle del camino con le quali la madre Angela si riscaldava aspettando il ritorno del marito andato al pub a bersi lo stipendio e Che paese, l'America,... Approfondisci
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