the woman who wrote 'Liberty Valance'
Posted by Hal Neumann (+10380) 6 years ago
Dorothy Johnson in the news. What a writer.

“From her early years Dorothy Johnson showed great promise as a writer, but her life was always a struggle. Her father died on Christmas Eve when she was 10 years old. In her teens, Dorothy survived by finding work as a telephone operator and the “stringer” covering Whitefish for the Kalispell Daily Interlake.
Inspired by University of Montana Professor H.G. Merriam, Dorothy graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English. On her meager salary as a stenographer, she paid off the gambling debts of the deadbeat husband who had deserted her. A short story she wrote at that time was published by the Saturday Evening Post. Encouraged, Dorothy soon moved to the great publishing center of New York City.”

“The Montana woman who wrote 'Liberty Valance'”
--Bob Brown
November 3, 2017