Shane: The Critical Edition

Shane: The Critical Edition

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by Jack Schaefer
     
 

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Shane was made into an award-winning film that—like the novel—became a standard by which later westerns were judged. Readers who have already felt the novel's power or are approaching it for the first time, will find this edition indispensable for coming to terms with its fascinating simplicity, its richness, and its puzzles. 

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Shane was made into an award-winning film that—like the novel—became a standard by which later westerns were judged. Readers who have already felt the novel's power or are approaching it for the first time, will find this edition indispensable for coming to terms with its fascinating simplicity, its richness, and its puzzles. 

This edition reprints the original text of the novel (in 1954 it was edited to remove words that might offend). In addition, the best critical essays about Schaefer and about Shane are included to provide historical and comparative background. An interview with Jack Schaefer and an afterword written by him complete this volume.

Editorial Reviews

St. George Daily Spectrum
"The stranger, Shane, dresses in brown, black, and leather and is so tough he carries no gun. He drinks from the trough after his horse finishes. A biblical silence follows him, and people lose their senses when he looks their way. He a man no bullet can kill. He's part attack Doberman, part heroic champion. Shane is a work of literature first and a western second."—St. George Daily Spectrum
Marc Simmons
"By any standard of measurement, Jack Schaefer's Shane rates as a classic in the literature of the American West. Since its publication in 1949 it has gained a worldwide readership, appearing in more than seventy editions and thirty foreign languages."—Marc Simmons, in the foreword
Saturday Review of Literature
"Its pace is steady. Its tension is of the uncoiling spring variety. It's as clean as a hound's tooth."--Saturday Review of Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803291423
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
05/28/1984
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
585,289
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.03(d)

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