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When a critically acclaimed Irish writer wins numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize for an autobiography one becomes intrigued as to what made this mans life so interesting Everyone has heard the rags-to-riches story of the poor boy that grows up to become a success Frank McCourt defines his own level of despair when the introduction to Contemporary Literary Criticisms says McCourts childhood was so bleak and impoverished that the months he spent in the hospital recovering from typhoid fever seemed like a vacation Contemporary 147 The story of Frank McCourts childhood is a marvel in itself but a great story can be forgone if the person telling the tale is not exceptional himself McCourt has been appraised to be as wonderful as old Irish writers such as Yeats and Joyce The exposure these two writers have given Ireland has been unmatchable until now Along with Seamus Heaney a Nobel Prize winner for poetry Frank McCourt has given a fresh new breath for the revival of enchanting Irish literature Literary critic Michiko Kakutani writes Writing in prose thats pictorial and tactile lyrical but streetwise Mr McCourt does for the town of Limerick what the young Joyce did for Dublin Kakutani 151 Being compared to such literary genius is an incredible complement to McCourt Frank McCourt has the literary tools needed to capture the readers interest and heart while keeping the vision of a child alive This uniqueness sets him apart from many other authors who tell the tale of an impoverished childs life Literary critic Malcolm Jones defines McCourts talents by saying McCourt uses virtuosic black humor and a natural-born storytellers instincts to induce in his readers a blissful literary amnesia Jones 148 When words of praise are as common as his childhoods food-less days one has to wonder where he acquired this special gift There were three major influences in McCourts childhood that came together to shape the way McCourt relives his childhood
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