Books: Specialty Farmer

R. F. D.—Charles Allen Smart—Norton ($2.50).

On a hill a couple of miles beyond the suburbs of Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 18,340) is a 63-acre farm with a hundred-year-old stone house, Oak Hill. Its inhabitants are 34-year-old Charles Allen Smart and his wife. They call themselves plain farmers.

But compared with ten million other U. S. farmers, they are not plain. While milking the cows, Farmer Smart sings Gregorian chants. Their outdoor privy, built last year by the WPA, is decorated with colored reproductions of Toulouse-Lautrec, Laurencin, Chirico. Winters, the Smarts produce plays in Chillicothe's...