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Contemporary Authors
Volumes 1-4, copyright 1967
Entry by Anne Commire

SUTTON, Margaret Beebe 1903-[2001]
(Irene Ray)

PERSONAL: Born Rachel Irene Beebe January 22, 1903; daughter of Victor and Stella (Andrews) Beebe; married William Henry Sutton, November 3, 1924; children: Dorothy Sutton Wolfe, Peggy Sutton Eckstein, Eleanor Sutton Kratzat, Thomas, Linda. Education: Attended Rochester Business Institute, 1920. Religion: Unitarian-Universalist. Home: 261 Rutland Rd., Freeport, N. Y.

CAREER: Worked as secretary for Stromberg-Carlson, Rochester, N.Y., 1920-21; held various printing jobs in Rochester, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and New York (joined printer's union in 1923). Now writer, housewife, and teacher of adult education classes, Menler: Women's National Book Association, Authors League.

WRITINGS-Judy Bolton mystery series: The Haunted Attic, 1932, The Invisible Chimes, 1932, Seven Strange Clues, 1932, The Vanishing Shadow, 1932, The Ghost Parade, 1933, The Yellow Phantom, 1933, The Mystic Ball, 1934, The Voice in the Suitcase, 1935, The Mysterious Half Cat, 1936, The Riddle of the Double Ring, 1937, The Unfinished House, 1938, The Midnight Visitor, 1939, The Name on the Bracelet, 1940, The Clue in the Patchwork Quilt, 1941, The Mark on the Mirror, 1942, The Secret of the Barred Window, 1943, The Rainbow Riddle, 1946, The Haunted Apartment, Dodd, 1946, The Living Portrait, 1947, The Secret of the Musical Tree, 1948, The Warning on the Window, 1949, The Clue of the Stone Lantern, 1950, The Spirit of Fog Island, 1951, The Black Cat's Clue, 1952, The Forbidden Chest, 1953, The Haunted Road, 1954, The Clue in the Ruined Castle, 1955, The Trail of the Green Doll, 1956, The Haunted Fountain, 1957, The Clue of the Broken Wing, 1958, The Phantom Friend, 1959, The Discovery at the Dragon's Mouth, 1960, The Whispered Watchword, 1961, The Secret Quest, 1962, The Puzzle in the Pond, 1963, The Hidden Clue, 1964, The Pledge of the Twin Knights, 1965, Secret of the Sand Castle, 1967 (all published by Grosset, except where indicated).

Other writings: The Magic Makers and the Bramble Bush Man, Grosset, 1936; The Magic Makers and the Golden Charitz, Grosset, 1936; The Magic Makers in Backwards Land, Grosset, 1936; (under pseudonym Irene Ray) Kay Darcy and the Mystery Hideout, Whitman, 1937; (with Pelagie Doane) Baby's Day in Rhymes and Pictures, Grosset, 1938; Summer on the Farm, Grosset, 1938; Lollypop: The True Story of a Little Dog, Grosset, 1939; A Shepherd Boy of Australia, Grosset, 1941; Jemima, Daughter of Daniel Boone, Scribner, 1942; Tommy True: A Little Boy Who Was Hungry, Oxford University Press, 1942; Two Boys of the Ohio Valley, Grosset, 1943; Gail Gardner Wins Her Cap, Dodd, 1944; Gail Gardner, Junior Cadet Nurse, Dodd, 1945; Who Will Play With Me?, Grosset, 1953; Palace Wagon Family, Knopf, 1957; The Weed Walk, Putnam, 1965. Author of several texts and adaptations.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Judy Bolton book under contract; an historical book, and an autobiography illustrated with childhood drawings.

SIDELIGHTS: "The Judy Bolton books are a realization of a childhood ambition, but The Weed Walk, hopefully, will be my most important book as it is a protest against segregated neighborhoods....I frequently talk to groups of young people (under sixteen) and to writers, but prefer not to speak to women's clubs." Collects old greeting cards, calendars, books and magazines.

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