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Shane, the classic 1949 western novel by Jack Warner Schaefer, recounts the story of a stranger who helps settlers overcome land-hungry ranchers. Director George Stevens and actors Alan Ladd and Jack Palance brought the story to the screen in a highly successful 1953 film, which was nominated for five Oscars, including best picture and best director.

A new edition of Shane, richly illustrated by Wendell Minor, affords an opportunity to revisit this timeless story through words and images. In addition to Mr. Minor’s preliminary sketches and his brilliant original paintings for the new edition, this exhibit includes pages from two versions of the original manuscript. Those from the novel have been loaned by the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. Those from an earlier 1946 version, published as a three-part serial in Argosy under the title “The Rider from Nowhere,” are from the collection of University of Connecticut professor Carl Schaefer, the author’s son.

The exhibit also features printed versions of Shane, including the dedication copy inscribed by Jack to his son Carl (to whom the book was dedicated), and a copy of the new Houghton Mifflin "Illustrated American Classic” version with Wendell Minor’s images.

Mr. Minor, one of the nation’s preeminent book illustrators, lives and works in Washington, Connecticut.

Dodd Research Center, West Corridor
Curator: Norman D. Stevens