Literary scholar; University professor; art collector. Born– November 20, 1933, Hanceville. Parents–John T. and Mildred Cargo. Married– Helen McCain. Children– Two. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., 1955; University of Alabama, M.A., 1956; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1965. Taught at Snead State Junior College, 1956-1959; Fulbright scholar in France, 1959-1961, served on the faculty of the University of Caen, 1960-1961; and taught at the University of North Carolina, 1963-1965; taught French at the University of Alabama, 1965-1990. Received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1971. Member Modern Language Association, American Association of Teachers of French; Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers;  associate editor of South Atlantic Bulletin and Oeurves et Critiques. An avid collector of Southern and folk art and a supporter of many artists;  operated the Robert Cargo Folk Art Gallery in Tuscaloosa, 1984-2004.  Accumulated an extensive collection of African-American quilts, now held by the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska and the Birmingham Public Library. Died December 23, 2012.


Contemporary Authors online; Obituary, Tuscaloosa News, December 30, 2012.


Baudelaire Criticism, 1950-1967 ;  A Bibliography with Critical Commentary . Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1968.

A Concordance to Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs de Mal”. University of North Carolina Press, 1965.

A Concordance to Baudelaire’s “Petits Poems en Prose”. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1971.


Studies in Honor of Alfred G. Engstrom.  University of North Carolina Press, 1972.


Emmanuel, Pierre.  Baudelaire:  The Paradox of Redemptive Satanism.  University of Alabama Press, 1970.

Updated 01-08-2013; Nancy DuPree