Frazier was born in 1950 and grew up in North Carolina. He did his B.A. and M.A. at Chapel Hill and went to the University of South Carolina to do his Ph.D. in twentieth-century American literature, which he got in 1986. He taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. His first novel was Cold Mountain, a Civil War book based on stories passed down by his great-great-grandfather.
1980 Developing Communications Skills for the Accounting Profession Accounting education series, no. 5 (with Robert W. Ingram)
1985 Adventuring in the Andes : the Sierra Club travel guide to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, the Amazon Basin, and the Galapagos Islands (with Donald Secreast)
1986 The Geography of Possibility: Man in the Landscape in Recent Western Fiction (Ph.D. dissertation)
1997 Cold Mountain
2006 Thirteen Moons