Ian Frazier

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Ian "Sandy" Frazier
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BornIan Frazier
1951 (age 68–69)
Cleveland, Ohio
OccupationNon-fiction writer, humorist
Alma materHarvard University
Notable worksGreat Plains (1989)
Coyote v. Acme (1990)
Travels in Siberia (2010)
SpouseJacqueline Carey

Ian Frazier (born 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and humorist. He wrote the 1989 non-fiction history Great Plains, 2010's non-fiction travelogue Travels in Siberia, and works as a writer and humorist for The New Yorker.[1]


Frazier grew up in Hudson, Ohio.[2] His father, David Frazier, was a chemist,[3] who worked for Sohio;[4][5] his mother, Peggy, was a teacher, as well as an amateur actor and director,[3] who performed in and directed plays in local Ohio theaters.[6] He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1969 and from Harvard University in 1973.[3]

Writing career[edit]

The New York Times critic James Gorman described Frazier's 1996 humor collection Coyote v. Acme (in the title piece, Wile E. Coyote is suing Acme Corporation, the manufacturer of products such as explosives and rocket-propelled devices purchased by the coyote to aid in hunting the Road Runner; these products always backfire disastrously) as the occasion for "irrepressible laughter in the reader." Gorman rates Frazier's first collection, 1986's Dating Your Mom, as "one of the best collections of humor ever published."[7]




  1. ^ "Contributors: Ian Frazier". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Humorist Ian Frazier, who grew up in Hudson, Ohio, wins another Thurber award". October 6, 2009. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved via Cleveland.com, November 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Ian Frazier." Contemporary Authors Online. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2017. Retrieved via Biography In Context database, November 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Lambert, Craig (September/October 2008). "Seriously Funny: Ian Frazier combines an historian's discipline with an original comic mind". Harvard Magazine. harvardmagazine.com. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Ian Frazier, Family. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. p. 256.
  6. ^ Ian Frazier, Family. p. 26.
  7. ^ James Gorman, "Beep-Beep!", The New York Times, June 23, 1996.
  8. ^ Hartig, Jean (2010). "Thurber House." Poets & Writers Magazine. Vol. 38, no. 2. p. 133 f. Retrieved via Literature Resource Center database, November 10, 2018.

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