Great Plains | Granta

  • Published: 06/02/2006
  • ISBN: 9781862078703
  • 129x20mm
  • 320 pages

Great Plains

Ian Frazier

Reportage resists easy definition and comes in many forms – travel essay, narrative history, autobiography – but at its finest it reveals hidden truths about people and events that have shaped the world we know. This new series, hailed as ‘a wonderful idea’ by Don DeLillo, both restores to print and introduces for the first time some of the greatest works of the genre. Great Plains is a journey through the vast and myth-inspiring empty plains – from tumbleweed and American Indian tepees to the house where Bonnie and Clyde did their dirty work to the scene of the murders in Capote’s In Cold Blood.

An incredible writer

Los Angeles Times

Frazier is a writer of grace and charm

Washington Post

A writer of uncommon grace and subtlety

Chicago Tribune

The Author

Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains and Gone to New York: Adventures in the City, among other books. A frequent contributor to the New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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From the Same Author

Gone To New York

Ian Frazier

In the early 1970s, the writer Ian Frazier left a small town in Ohio to move to a loft in lower Manhattan. Gone to New York is Frazier’s account of the city over the thirty years, a book as full of vitality and charm as the city it describes. It features street scenes from every corner of the metropolis, where every block is an event and where the denizens are larger than life. Meet the man who climbed the World Trade Center, learn the location of Manhattan’s antipodes, and follow Frazier down Canal Street in the mid-1970s, to Brooklyn in the 1980s and aboard the F Train in the twenty-first century. Like his literary forebears Joseph Mitchell and A. J. Liebling, Frazier makes us fall in love with America’s greatest city all over again – just the way he did.