Castle Freeman, Jr., was born in Texas, raised and educated in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. He came to southeastern Vermont with his wife, Alice, on a whim and is still here 45 years later. He is the author of seven novels, something like eighty short stories, two story collections, and more than 100 essays, historical articles, op-ed matter, journalism, nature writing, and other nonfiction, most of it related in one way or another to the life of our state and its people.