CLASSIC WESTERN - starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson
[FILM CLASSIC] FERBER, Edna (author). Giant. New York; Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1952.
8vo. Original black cloth lettered in gilt to spine, in letterpress dustwrapper printed in colours, top edges stained brown, others deckle brown decorated endpapers; pp. [viii], 9-447; title-page in black and brown; a fine and uninscribed copy protected by a near fine, unclipped dustwrapper ($3.95) with just a little light rubbing to extremities and minor dusting to lower panel.
First edition, as stated on the verso of the title-page. This novel, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, playwright, and short story-writer Edna Ferber, about Texan life from 1925 to 1950, has been seen as ahead of its time in its treatment of South Texas relations. It sparked controversy on publication and was denounced by many from the county for its portrayal of Lone Star mores, however the author seemed to revel in the outcry it generated. The text is the basis of the classic film of the same name which starred Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor and is, perhaps, principally remembered for James Dean's final appearance as a leading actor. It earned him a nomination for an Academy Award but he died in a car crash before the film's release.