Scratching your head over who would win in a fight between those two famous cowboys, Shane and the Virginian? Here are some points to consider as you make your decision about who should win this bout!
Claim to Fame: The 1953 film, Shane, brought to life the literary character of the same name. Protector of homesteaders’ rights, the voice of the underdog on the range, Shane provides another image of the tormented but virtuous cowboy, on screen and in print.
Special Skills: Gunslinging, charisma
Collection Connection: Jack Schaefer papers (Alan Ladd’s film character, Shane, was based on Schaefer’s 1949 novel of the same title.)
Claim to Fame: The Virginian is the first fictional depiction of a cowboy.
Special Skills: Excellent aim, a cool temper, talented ranch manager
Collection Connection: The AHC holds the Western Journals of Owen Wister, the author of The Virginian. Many of Wister’s journals contain accounts that were later fictionalized in The Virginian. The Toppan Rare Books Library also has a first-edition copy of The Virginian.