“S. E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was sixteen years old, and adolescent literature will never be quite the same,” Lou Willett Stanek said. “The success of a book about gangs, violence, and teen-age have-nots gave courage or motivation to a herd of writers to take on a host of previously taboo subjects. Few of them drew the real outsiders in, as Hinton did. Boys read The Outsiders as well as girls, most of them more than once, and the majority vowed to write something just like it.”
Novels by writers such as S. E. Hinton in the late 1960s “had a new candor to them. Hinton wrote about the Socs and the Greasers, and it was the Greasers whose story she told. Prior to this, it had nearly always been stories about the society kids in their white middle-class neighborhoods that found their way into adolescent fiction,” Kenneth L. Donelson and Alleen Pace Nilsen amplified.
Susan Eloise Hinton received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tulsa in 1970. That year, she married David E. Inhofe, a businessman. They have one son.
Hinton credits reading as the greatest influence on her writing. In her early school years, she wrote about horses and cowboys. When she was attending Will Rogers High School in Tulsa in 1967, her novel The Outsiders was published and revolutionized the young adult fiction field.
“The reason I wrote The Outsiders was that I had read all the horse stories and there wasn't anything else to read because I didn't