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novelist , writer

Jack Warner Schaefer was an American writer known for his Westerns.


Schaefer, Jack Warner was born on November 19, 1907 in Cleveland. Son of Carl Walter and Minnie Luella (Hively) Schaefer.


He graduated from Oberlin College in 1929 with a major in English. He attended graduate school at Columbia University from 1929–30, but left without completing his Master of Arts degree.


His most famous work is Shane, which was made into a critically acclaimed movie, and the short story "Stubby Pringle's Christmas" (1964). He then went to work for the United Press. In his long career as a journalist, he would hold editorial positions at many eastern publications.

Schaefer's first success as a novelist came in 1949 with his memorable novel Shane, set in Wyoming. Few realized that Schaefer himself had never been anywhere near the west. Nevertheless, he continued writing successful westerns, selling his home in Connecticut and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1955.

He died of heart failure in Santa Fe in 1991. Schaefer's novel Monte Walsh was made into a movie in 1970, with Lee Marvin in the title role, and again in 2003 as a TV movie starring Tom Selleck. Shane was also made into a movie and a series.


  • In 1975 Schaefer received the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement award.



Married Eugenia Hammond Ives, August 26, 1931 (divorced December 1948). Children– Carl Walter, Christopher Pomery, Susan Hammond, Jonathan Ives. Married Louise Wilhide Deans, 1949.

Carl Walter Schaefer

Minnie Luella (Hively) Schaefer

Eugenia Hammond Ives

Louise Wilhide Deans

Christopher Pomery Schaefer

Carl Walter Schaefer

Susan Hammond Schaefer

Jonathan Ives Schaefer