All Fall Down (novel)
First US edition cover
|Author||James Leo Herlihy|
|Publisher||E. P. Dutton (USA) & Faber and Faber (UK)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||284 pp (hardback edition)|
The wealthy Williams family is torn apart from within once they invite Echo in.
Explanation of the novel's title
The novel's title is meant to draw attention to the effect of the self-motivated, destructive passions unleashed within the family home in the course of its story.
When the hedonistic Berry-Berry Williams deserts his pregnant lover, Echo O'Brien, his younger brother Clinton's blind faith in him shows signs of waning, while his parents are disgusted by his actions.
Characters in "All Fall Down"
- Berry-Berry Williams – main protagonist
- Clinton Williams – younger brother to Berry
- Ralph Williams – father
- Annabel Williams – mother
- Echo O'Brien – family guest who becomes pregnant by Berry
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
- The 1962 film directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, and Angela Lansbury.
- 1960, USA, Dutton ?, Pub date ? ? 1960, Hardback
- 1961, UK, Faber and Faber ISBN 0-571-04094-2, Pub date ? December 1961, Hardback
- 1970, UK, Sphere ISBN 0-7221-4510-1, Pub date 16 July 1970, Paperback
- 1990, USA, Donald I Fine ISBN 1-55611-192-4, Pub date ? September 1990, Paperback
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