Painting: Summer Dies as Slowly

If William Faulkner had made Gavin Stevens an artist instead of a lawyer, chances are the Mississippi novelist's folksy philosopher would have been just about the spitting image of Carroll Cloar. As it is, Cloar never made it into print, but with the retrospective of his works currently making the rounds of nine Southern cities, he has clearly added a colorful chapter of his own to the legendary South (see color page).

Most of his material comes from his own backwoods boyhood spent on a 2,500-acre cotton plantation in the Arkansas Delta country. There, as a youth, he listened in...

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