Ian Frazier

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Ian "Sandy" Frazier
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Born Ian Frazier
1951 (age 66–67)
Cleveland, Ohio
Occupation Non-fiction writer, humorist
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Period 1974–present
Notable works Great Plains (1989)
Coyote v. Acme (1990)
Travels in Siberia (2010)
Spouse Jacqueline 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; his father worked as a chemist for Sohio;[2] his mother was an amateur actor, performing and directing plays in local Ohio theaters.[3] He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1969 and from Harvard University in 1973.

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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 the manufacturer of various rocket-propelled devices) 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."[4]




  1. ^ "Contributors: Ian Frazier". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  2. ^ Ian Frazier, Family. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. p. 256.
  3. ^ Ian Frazier, Family. p. 26.
  4. ^ James Gorman, "Beep-Beep!", The New York Times, June 23, 1996.

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