Department of English

A Look at Don Graham's New Book "Giant"

Tue, May 22, 2018
A Look at Don Graham's New Book
Giant and the Making of a Legendary Film

Professor Don Graham, who is, according to the Dallas Morning News, the “premier scholar and critic on Texas literature, films and pop culture,” celebrates the publication of his newest book. Giant takes a look at the making of the classic film starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. As Graham’s interpretation elucidates, the film offers a surprisingly progressive view of feminist and racial issues for 21st century audiences. Drawing on archival sources, Graham’s Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production, showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema. Here is what people are saying: 

“A sharp, insightful look at a legendary film.”      Booklist

“A readable, delightful work of film/cultural history for movie fans.”     Kirkus

“A brilliant study of a Classic American Film.”      Larry McMurtry

Giant is available through St. Martin's Press. You can also check out Don's interview in the New York Times here!

Don Graham, the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas, was born in Lucas, Texas and received his education at North Texas State University (B.A., M.A) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.). He is the author of numerous books on Texas, including Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas (1983), No Name on the Bullet:  A Biography of Audie Murphy (1989), Giant Country: Essays on Texas (1998), Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, (2003), and State of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents (2011). Graham has received a Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2013) and in 2014 was named one of Alcalde’s Top Ten Professors Ever. His book Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film,will be published in April, 2018. 

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