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Pulitzer Prize Winner Visits Springfield


World-renowned author and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt has spent the last couple of days lecturing in Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

World-renowned author and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt has spent the last couple of days lecturing in Springfield.

He wraps up his visit to Springfield with a lecture this morning for Missouri State University students.

McCourt is best known for his memoir Angela's Ashes, which became a major motion picture in 1999.

The book and its follow-up "Tis" relate the story of his life. He was born in New York City but at a very early age, moved to Ireland. There, he and his family lived in extreme poverty.

As an adult, McCourt taught in New York City and he relates those experiences in his new book "Teacher Man."

In a one-on-one interview with KSMU, McCourt talks about why he thinks his books appeal to people in places like Springfield.

During his time in Springfield, McCourt has lectured on education and the role of teachers.

He says society doesn't value teachers.

McCourt says politicians often don't pay enough attention to issues like teacher salary and benefits...He says they ought to look more closely at these issues, rather than attacking each other in political ads.

McCourt says he worries about the influence negative campaign ads have on young people.

McCourt's visit to Springfield is sponsored by The Missouri State College of Arts and Letters and the Writers Hall of Fame of America.