The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

ByDorothy M. Johnson


Dorothy M. Johnson wrote dozens of highly acclaimed western stories and books in her long career. The stories in this book are her very best. They were ranked as four of the top five stories of the 20th century by the Western Writers of America, with "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as number one. That story plus "A Man Called Horse" and "The Hanging Tree" became major Hollywood films. This is the first time Johnson's famous stories have been published together in one book. This edition is destined to earn a place in every western library. Great educational tool too!

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1-931832-58-7
Author: Dorothy M. Johnson
Pages: 240

Woman wrote the best western stories of the 20th century

The greatest stories by acclaimed western writer Dorothy M. Johnson have been published in a single book for the first time to coincide with a revival of interest in Johnson’s work.

“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (Riverbend) includes the title story along with “A Man Called Horse,” “The Hanging Tree,” and “Lost Sister.” The Western Writers of America said these stories were four of the five best western short stories of the twentieth century and proclaimed Johnson “the best short story writer of the century.” “Time” magazine once compared the best of Johnson’s stories to Bret Harte and Mark Twain.

This year marks a resurgence of interest in Johnson’s life and work. In March Johnson was inducted in the Gallery of Famous Montanans in the state capitol. Public television will broadcast a new documentary about her later this year. By collecting Johnson’s best work in a single volume, the new book should appeal to schools and libraries as well as individuals.

Johnson wrote 17 books, 52 short stories, and countless articles during a writing career that spanned more than 60 years. “Valance,” “Horse” and “The Hanging Tree” are best known because they became major motion pictures starring John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Harris, and Gary Cooper. Johnson died in Montana in 1984 at the age of 78.

The 224-page paperback book sells for $19.95 and is available at bookstores or from the publisher at 1-866-787-2363.

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