All Fall Down (novel)

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All Fall Down
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First US edition cover
Author James Leo Herlihy
Country United States
Language English
Publisher E. P. Dutton (USA) & Faber and Faber (UK)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 284 pp (hardback edition)

All Fall Down is a 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy, which was adapted into a 1962 film of the same name directed by John Frankenheimer.

Plot introduction[edit]

The wealthy Williams family is torn apart from within once they invite Echo in.

Explanation of the novel's title[edit]

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.

Plot summary[edit]

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"[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Release details[edit]

  • 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