All Fall Down (novel)

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name = All Fall Down
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author = James Leo Herlihy
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country = United States
language = English
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genre = Novel
publisher = Dutton (USA) & Faber and Faber (UK)
release_date = 1960
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 284 p. (hardback edition)
isbn = ISBN 0-571-04094-2 (1961 hardback)
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"All Fall Down" is a 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy, which was adapted into a 1962 film directed by John Frankenheimer.

Plot introduction

The wealthy Willart family are torn part from within once they invite Echo in.

Explanation of the novel's title

The novel's title is meant to draw attention to effect of the self motivated, destructive passions unleashed within the family home in the course of its story.

Plot summary

The film and novel follow the wealthy Willart family. Berry-Berry Willart is idolized by younger brother Clinton despite Berry's hedonistic lifestyle and irresponsible ways. After their parents, Ralph and Annabel Willart take in a young Echo O'Brien, Berry is drawn to her. Berry deserts Echo when she becomes pregnant, driving the girl to suicide and destroying Clinton's view of his brother.

Characters in "All Fall Down"

*Berry-Berry Willart – main protagonist
*Clinton Willart – younger brother to Berry
*Ralph Willart – father
*Annabel Willart – mother
*Echo O'Brien – family guest who become pregnant by Berry

Major themes

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

*The 1962 film directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, Angela Lansbury.

Release details

*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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