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Spotlight: Frank McCourt

Renowned author, Frank McCourt, is in a New York hospice and not expected to recover, according to his brother. The 78-year-old writer and teacher contracted meningitis two weeks ago. Recently he was treated successfully for melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

McCourt received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1996 memoir, "Angela's Ashes, which chronicles his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick, Ireland.

He also taught high school English in the New York City public school system.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  July 16, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
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