First printing of the classic Western, in the scarce original dust jacket.
Fine in very good plus jacket.
"He was the man who rode into our little valley out of the heart of the great glowing West and when his work was done rode back whence he had come and he was Shane."
The iconic Old West gunslinger, seen through the hero-worshiping but perceptive eyes of a young boy on a Wyoming homestead. Originally serialized in Argosy Magazine as "Rider From Nowhere" and filmed in 1953 by George Stevens, SHANE was Schaefer's first novel and remains, alongside its equally loved film adaptation, one of the greatest Westerns of all time. SHANE's portrait of small-town farmers full of the mythic virtues of the American frontier, steadily losing to the power of wealth and capital, spoke eloquently to a post-war generation "who did not quite comprehend, during the unsettling 1950s, that one age was crumbling around them and a new, tense, faster-paced time was at hand" (Simmons). Their stoic savior, a man of violence and honor, exiles himself from community by committing the very act that saves it; the Western's core melodrama of noble renunciation and unrewarded sacrifice never more powerfully drawn than in this stranger who can never settle down even where he is wanted, but is always passing through.
Read more: Marc Simmons, Foreword to Shane: The Critical Edition.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. 7.5'' x 5''. Original tan cloth, stamped in brown. In original unclipped ($2.50) dust jacket designed by Harvey Kidder. , 214 pages. Minor wear to boards; faint toning to endpapers. Light wear to jacket, with a few small closed tears and tiny chips to spine ends and corners. Small area of dampstaining to jacket verso at spine.
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