“I am inspired by the Harrisons’ passion for the American West. The Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center taught me that the Western genre is still applicable and treasured today.”

—Shelbie Condie

Hold Your Horses, It’s Just an Adaptation

Paper written for English Honors Seminar

Condie investigated the role of gender in the Western genre by comparing the popular writings of Dorothy Johnson (the rare woman who achieved fame as a Western author) with three films that were adapted from her works by men and made into Hollywood films. Inspired by her passion for the American West, Condie used the Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center, a part of the library’s Special Collections, as her primary source for information.

In Her Own Words

Read Shelbie’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.