Shane (novel)

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Current bantam edition cover
Author Jack Schaefer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Western
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 214 p. (hardback first edition) & 119 p. (paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-553-27110-2 (paperback edition)
OCLC 53183237

Shane is a western novel, written in 1949 by Jack Schaefer. Initially published in 1946 in three parts in Argosy Magazine. Originally titled 'Rider from Nowhere.'[1] The novel was translated into over 30 languages[2] and adapted into the famous 1953 film starring Alan Ladd.


The story is set in 1889 Wyoming when it was still open to the Homestead Act of 1862. It is narrated by the homesteader's son Bob Starrett. The original unclaimed land was used by a cattle driver named Luke Fletcher before the homestead was claimed by Bob's father, Joe Starrett along with many other homesteaders. Luke Fletcher settled there first, although only so much land could be claimed as a homestead (only 160 acres). Luke Fletcher's herd is at the verge of expanding to the point which the homesteads in the area are proving to be an interference. Shane is the mysterious stranger who comes into the lives of the homesteaders. He is tougher than the farmers who homestead the land. Shane is thought to be Shannon a gunslinger who went missing in Arkansas. He helps them avoid the intimidation to abandon their farms to Fletcher. With Shane's help the farmers are able to resist Fletcher. Shane is tested many times by the cowhands hired by Fletcher to intimidate him. But he always in the end comes through.


  • Shane – is a mysterious gunslinger who enters into the life of Joe Starrett and his family and carves a place for himself in their hearts. Although he tries to leave his gunslinging past behind, he refuses to even carry a gun, he decides to fight Fletcher, the town nemesis, in order to save Joe Starrett’s farm.
  • Bob Starrett – is Joe Starrett's son. He is eleven years old. He is the protagonist.
  • Joe Starrett – is Bob's Starrett's father. He is a former cattle driver. He is a homesteader and a farmer.
  • Luke Fletcher – is the antagonist. He is set on purchasing or stealing all the land rights from the homesteaders and farmers. When the homesteaders refuse he resorts to intimidation and deadly force.
  • Marian Starrett – is Joe Starrett's wife.
  • Chris – is one of Fletcher's cowboys who intimidates the homesteaders.
  • Stark Wilson – is a gunslinger hired by Fletcher to intimidate the homesteaders and kill people who refuse to sell their land. He kills Ernie Wright.
  • Ernie Wright - one of Stark Wilson's victims.
  • Mr.Grafton - the shop owner who witnesses the fight with Shane involved.
  • Will Atkey - the bartender for Mr. Grafton's shop.

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  1. ^ Wheeler, Richard S. (26 December 2007). "Shane by Jack Schaefer". Saddlebums Western Review. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Wheeler

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