Schaefer, Jack

About the author

Jack Schaefer (1907–91) is an American author best known as the creator of uber cowboy story, Shane (1949). Schaefer was born in Cleveland, educated at Oberlin College, and worked as a journalist. The fact he had never been near the west did not stop him; he wrote several other successful books with a Western theme. His one children’s book, Mavericks (1967) remained true to his passion. It’s the story of an elderly cowboy reminiscing.

Finding the book
Easy to find in all its incarnations.

Links and sources
Jack Schaefer on Wikipedia
More on Shane
Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography
Thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph

Bibliography (horse books only)


Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1967, 184 pp, illus Lorence Bjorklund
André Deutsch, London, 1968, 184 pp.
Dell, 1970 (?) pb; other printings
Corgi, London, 1970, 124 pp, pb; other printings

“Old Jake Hanlon spends his last days reminiscing about the good and loyal mustang horses he’s had over the years,
until one day a riderless horse comes into his remote farmyard, and he realises that there may be someone out there who needs his help.”