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Aunt Clara’s Luminous World
The “memory paintings” of a lady now ninety-four celebrate the life of rural Texas as it was when she grew up there
August 1970 | Volume 21, Issue 5
But it is one of the special American sadnesses that the frontier way of life was, by its own vigor and appetite and techniques, foredoomed. And if there is among us still a nostalgia toward it, there is also much consolation in the fact that a few people like Clara McDonald Williamson, who knew it in its freshness, have managed to set down some truths about it that let us share their understanding.