Creal, Margaret (1920-2001)
Scope:
The Margaret Creal collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and other material.

Manuscripts by Creal in the collection include the setter’s proof of A Quality of Love (probably the book published as A Lesson in Love, Hillman Books, 1960); drafts and proofs of the short story collection The Man Who Sold Prayers (Harper and Row, 1981); a draft of the unpublished novel The Woman Who Wanted More; a draft of the unpublished novel Painted Harbour; short stories (dated 1975 to 1995); and other miscellaneous writings.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters to and from Creal, dating from 1952 to 1992.  Professional correspondence includes letters regarding her short story “The Youngest Guest” (1956-1966); letters regarding Prairie Winter (1966-1979), along with drafts of that work (1955-1983); letters regarding The Man Who Sold Prayers, including items regarding a possible film adaptation (1982-1983); and various other letters.  Notable correspondence include Richard Rovere, Mary McCarthy, Saul Bellow, Gore Vidal, and Howard Austen.

Printed material in the collection includes Creal’s short story, “Lessons in Love,” as published in The New Yorker magazine in 1957, along with reviews and letters; five issues of the Barrytown Explorer (1960-1982); newspaper clippings; advertisements for readings by Creal; and several magazines and journals dating from 1947 to 1992, including The New Yorker, Woman’s Day, Vogue, Esquire, The Reporter, McCall’s, Newsweek, The Hudson Review, The Greensboro Review, and others.

Photographs in the collection consist of thirty-one prints of Creal from childhood on, alone and with friends and family.

Other items in the collection include a reel-to-reel audio recording of Kate Reed reading excerpts from A Prairie Winter; royalty statements (1982); and a memo of agreement between Creal and Thunder Creek publishing (1999).
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Notable Figures
1. Creal, Margaret
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Short stories
4. American literature -- Women authors
5. Women authors, American
6. American literature--20th century