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Transcript of S.E. Hinton
Susan Eloise Hinton
Susan Eloise Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A self-confessed tomboy, Hinton grew up wanting to be a cowboy or a writer. She was an avid reader, but found young-adult books she read rather unoriginal and unrealistic. At age
sixteen, aggravated with the social scene at her
high school and frustrated with the quality of
available reading materials, Hinton took pen to
paper and created of the most beloved young
adult novels of all time.
The first edition, published in 1967, was an instant success, earning numerous awards. Hinton wrote The Outsiders under the pen name S.E. Hinton, after publishers expressed concern that a woman's name on the book would keep boys from reading it.
This trick worked, and The Outsiders became an instant young-adult classic, enjoyed by boys and girls alike.
After writing The Outsiders, Hinton suffered from writer's block which caused her great depression. After some soul searching, Hinton wrote the acclaimed That Was Then, This is Now which was published in 1971. In 1975, S.E. Hinton published Rumble Fish, then Tex in 1979. In 1983, the movie, the Outsiders, was released.
In 1970 Hinton married her then-boyfriend, David, and they eventually had a son, Nicholas. In 1988, she wrote Taming the Star Runner. By 1995, Hinton began to deviate from writing young adult novels and wrote two children's books, The Puppy Sister and Big David, Little David. After almost 20 years, Hinton made a literary comeback with the adult novel, Hawkes Harbor, which was published in 2004. Although Hawkes Harbor is a far more mature and complex novel than her earlier works, Hinton continues to captivate and entertain readers.
Hinton's Later & Personal Life
"Anything you read can influence your work, so try to read good stuff"
- S.E. Hinton
Enjoy The Outsiders!