Shane

Jack SCHAEFER

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Shane

"CALL ME SHANE": FIRST EDITION OF JACK SCHAEFER'S CLASSIC WESTERN

SCHAEFER, Jack. Shane. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $8800.

First edition of this timeless American western, basis for the Oscar-winning film with Alan Ladd.

At its publication in 1949, journalist Jack Schaefer's novel about tension between frontier homesteaders and cattle barons as seen through the eyes of a young boy was immediately recognized as richly unique, a western in which Schaefer used finely realized characters and "a simple story to advance a complex argument" (Literary History of the American West). The Oscar-winning 1953 screen adaptation by director George Stevens starred Alan Ladd as the heroic gunfighter, along with Jack Palance and Brandon De Wilde in a film praised as "magnificent… a rich and dramatic mobile painting of the American frontier scene" (New York Times).

Only most minor wear to edges of bright, crisp dust jacket. A very nearly fine copy.

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