Biography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Ian Frazier (FRAYZH-ur) is noted for his humorous essays on contemporary life and travel narratives that explore American history and geography—especially his work about the American West. He has been a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. He has written for the Harvard Lampoon and published in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines. He has contributed essays for many books, translated a book, written on the crafts of travel writing and journalism, and served as editor for The Best American Essays, 1997.
After graduating from Harvard University in 1973, Frazier looked for work writing for magazines. While living in Chicago, he briefly wrote for Playboy. He then found a job as a staff writer for The New Yorker, writing pieces for the magazine’s “Talk of the Town” section. In 1982, the unmarried Frazier moved to Kalispell, Montana, where he stayed for several years before returning to New York City. His time there led to his writing of Great Plains, a work which became a best-seller and brought him national attention. In 1996, having married Jacqueline Carey, another writer, Frazier again moved to Montana for several years, this time bringing his wife and two children to Missoula, while he developed and worked on his book On the Rez.
Frazier’s eclectic work as a journalist and essayist has led him to write about a variety of topics, from...
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