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Souls for Sale

Rupert Hughes (1872-1956)

1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII
9. Chapter IX
10. Chapter X
11. Chapter XI
12. Chapter XII
13. Chapter XIII
14. Chapter XIV
15. Chapter XV
16. Chapter XVI
17. Chapter XVII
18. Chapter XVIII
19. Chapter XIX
20. Chapter XX
21. Chapter XXI
22. Chapter XXII
23. Chapter XXIII
24. Chapter XXIV
25. Chapter XXV
26. Chapter XXVI
27. Chapter XXVII
28. Chapter XXVIII
29. Chapter XXIX
30. Chapter XXX
31. Chapter XXXI
32. Chapter XXXII
33. Chapter XXXIII
34. Chapter XXXIV
35. Chapter XXXV
36. Chapter XXXVI
37. Chapter XXXVII
38. Chapter XXXVIII
39. Chapter XXXIX
40. Chapter XL
41. Chapter XLI
42. Chapter XLII
43. Chapter XLIII
44. Chapter XLIV
45. Chapter XLV
46. Chapter XLVI
47. Chapter XLVII
48. Chapter XLVIII
49. Chapter XLIX
50. Chapter L
51. Chapter LI
52. Chapter LII
53. Chapter LIII
54. Chapter LIV
55. Chapter LV
56. Chapter LVI
57. Chapter LVII
58. Chapter LVIII
59. Chapter LIX
60. Chapter LX
61. Chapter LXI

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    Summary

    Perhaps the most commercially successful Hollywood novel of the 1920s, Rupert Hughes' Souls for Sale is a direct response to contemporaneous charges of the film industry's moral laxities and predilections toward vice. Remember "Mem" Steddon, the pious and steadfast daughter of a religious firebrand who preaches about the sins of Hollywood, is forced to migrate to the west coast after discovering that she's become pregnant out of wedlock. On her journey, Mem runs into the inhabitants of a movie colony and soon befriends many of these delightful (if somewhat peculiar) "film folk." She finds temporary employment as a film extra and soon develops aspirations to become a star herself. But Mem soon discovers that Hollywood is a far different place than she had originally imagined and that the road to film stardom is not straightforward or easy to navigate. This novel was the basis for the popular 1923 film adaptation, which starred an up-and-coming Eleanor Boardman and was directed by Rupert Hughes himself.