Born: July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Early Life

University of Tulsa want her to come because of her books, "where in 1970 she earned an education degree and met her future husband, David Inhofe. At 18 she was being catapulted into fame and fortune was not without problems; "Hinton had a writer's block for several years". "I couldn't even write a letter. All these people were going, `Oh, look at this teenage writer' and you think, God, they're expecting a masterpiece and I haven't got a masterpiece." She was in born in 1948, in Tulsa", "Oklahoma, United States; married David E. Inhofe (in mail order business), September, 1970; children: Nicholas David. Education: University of Tulsa, B.S., 1970."

Getting Involed

"As a teenager in Tulsa, Oklahoma, S. E. Hinton enjoyed reading but often found her options limited: "A lot of adult literature was older than I was ready for." The kids' books were Mary Jane-Goes-to-the-Prom junk."When I wrote The Outsiders so I'd have something to read." Based on events that occurred in her high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the novel describes the rivalry between two gangs, the lower-middle-class greasers and the upper-class Socs (for Socials), a conflict that leads to the deaths of members of both gangs."

Choices and Results

"One of the most popular twentieth-century writers for young adults, S.E. Hinton has produced a number of novels about sensitive "greasers," "hoods," and abandoned teenagers which have become best-sellers, spawning four film adaptations and a television series." Hinton's novels are similar, both in their choice of characters and in their themes. Her characters are frequently larger than life, social outcasts, almost mythic, and are, such as "Dallas Winston of The Outsiders and Motorcycle Boy of Rumble Fish."

In her words

She wrote the outsiders to have something to read


Words from her

"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."

Like many authors, she caught the writing bug during her teenage years. She don't remember the exact day or year, but all she could remember "that reading S.E. Hinton's 'The Outsiders' sparked my interest in writing."

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