His poignant tales of his poverty in Ireland and his hilarious classroom interaction with students in New York brought him fame and fortune, and his three books, Angela's Ashes, 'Tis and Teacher Man became best sellers for many years.
To break down their resistance to poetry, he had his students sing Irish songs. He wrote with a fervour and realism that only a classroom teacher could.
A personal salute to a truly wonderful mentor and author. Please read him. No regrets. Yeah! He was a 60s man alright!
Original article: Andy Lim