New York: William Morrow and Company, 1942. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. Octavo; [viii]; 277pp. A Near Fine copy of Johnson's first book in original burgundy cloth and dust jacket (spine faded and with light edgewear and a few closed tears). Item #17955
Dorothy Marie Johnson was Montana's most successful writer of Western fiction. Her love of the West and 19th-century frontier history and folklore inspired her to write 17 books (including The American Trails Series' 'The Bloody Bozeman'), more than 50 short stories, and numerous magazine articles. On the basis of her publishing success and numerous awards, she has been called the “dean of women writers of Western fiction.” Three of her stories - “The Hanging Tree,” “A Man Called Horse,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” - were made into motion pictures. In 1957, the Western Writers of America gave her its highest award, the Spur Award and in 2013 she was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall Of Fame and Western Heritage Center for the "Legacy Award" for her "notable contributions to the history and culture of Montana"