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Sunday, July 19, 2009 � Last updated 6:38 p.m.

PTFrank McCourt, Pulitzer-Winning Memoirist, Dies at 78By TIM MOLLOYTV GUIDEFrank McCourt, a teacher who in his sixties wrote a memoir of his desperately poor Irish childhood that became the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angela's Ashes, has died.

He was 78.McCourt, whose novel was adapted into a 1999 film of the same name, died of metastatic melanoma, said his brother, actor and writer Malachy McCourt.

Frank McCourt, who lived in New York City and Roxbury, Conn., died Sunday, The New York Times reported.See Frank McCourt talk about the importance of booksAngela's Ashes won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

McCourt used the fame he gained from the book and movie to celebrate reading and writing.

Last year he surprised a college fiction class on MTVU's Stand-In, telling the students he never expected a big reception."I thought when I was writing it, I'd be lucky to get a publisher, I'd be lucky to get an agent.

Right away it went on the best-seller list of The New York Times," he said.

"I was even on with Conan O'Brien three times.

That's reaching the height of fame."McCourt, who also wrote the memoirs 'Tis and Teacher Man, is survived by his wife, Ellen Frey McCourt, a daughter, three grandchildren, and three brothers.

His brother Alphie is also a writer.Comment on this article at TVGuide.com >Related Articles on TVGuide.comCBS Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies at 92Other Links From TVGuide.comAngela's AshesFrank McCourtView the original article on TVGuide.com

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