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The Great Northern Express

A Writer's Journey Home

by Howard F. Mosher

The Great Northern Express
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    Mar 2012, 256 pages
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Howard Frank Mosher and The Kingdom

Howard Frank Mosher The place with which Howard Frank Mosher is most associated is not actually his native home. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942, he moved to Vermont's "Northeast Kingdom" (or as he calls it, "The Kingdom") as a newlywed in 1964 to take up his first teaching post. According to the NEK (Vermont's Northeast Kingdom) website, The Kingdom "comprises the three northeastern-most counties of the state - Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans countries." This territory has strong ties to Canada and a rugged regional character linked to forestry and harsh winters. The woods and rivers, and even "the scent of varnish from the furniture factory," reminded Mosher of the Catskill and North Country New York towns where he grew up, and he decided to stay. He has built his literary career around the landscape and historical character of The Kingdom, carving a niche for himself as a modern-day regionalist.

Regionalists, or "local color" writers, are known for giving a literary voice to the unique...

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