Mary and the Giant

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Mary and the Giant
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Philip K. Dick
Country United States
Language English
Genre novel
Publisher Arbor House
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 230 pp
ISBN 0-87795-850-5
OCLC 14691945
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3554.I3 M3 1987

Mary and the Giant is an early, non-science fiction novel written by Philip K. Dick in the years between 1953 and 1955, but not published until 1987.

Plot introduction

In 1953, Joseph Schilling arrives in Pacific Park, Southern California. He establishes a small music shop, and later, Danny and Beth Coombes join him. Mary Ann Reynolds is also interviewed for a position at the shop, but backs off after Schilling touches her. After leaving home, Carleton Tweaney, an African-American lounge singer (and her lover) finds her a new home. However, Beth has already slept with Joseph, and now moves on to Carleton. Provoked by her affair, Danny tries to shoot Carleton, but instead dies himself. Carleton and Mary Anne break up, and she decides to work for Schilling after all, as well as becoming sexually involved with him, despite a forty-year age difference. He helps her to rent and renovate her own apartment, but Mary Anne decides to live in a dilapidated African American neighbourhood instead. In an epilogue, she has married Paul Nitz, a pianist who works with Carleton.

The author himself once described the novel as: "A retelling of Mozart's Don Giovanni, with Schilling seduced and destroyed by a young woman." [1]


  1. Rickman, Gregg (1984). Philip K. Dick: In His Own Words.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Dick, Philip K. (1987). Mary and the Giant (2005 reissue ed.). Gollancz. ISBN 0-575-07466-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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