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The Outsiders: Introduction
The Outsiders: Plot Summary
The Outsiders: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Outsiders: Themes
The Outsiders: Quotes
The Outsiders: Characters
The Outsiders: Symbols
The Outsiders: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of S. E. Hinton
Historical Context of The Outsiders
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- Full Title: The Outsiders
- When Written: 1964-5
- Where Written: Tulsa, Oklahoma
- When Published: 1967
- Literary Period: Modern American
- Genre: Young adult fiction
- Setting: Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Climax: The deaths of Johnny and Dally
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for The Outsiders
Could a girl write this? The Outsiders was published under the pen name S. E. Hinton because publishers didn't think readers would believe this story could be written by a woman. After she had established herself as a writer, Hinton continued to use the pen name in order to protect her privacy.
Rocky path to success: S. E. Hinton's extraordinary success as a young adult writer was not always a sure thing. Hinton's mother once threw her manuscripts into a trash burner, from which Hinton barely rescued them. After The Outsiders was published, the book was so popular that Hinton felt tremendous pressure to produce another one. This pressure led to a three-year writer's block that ended when she met her husband during her college years and he encouraged her to begin writing again. She did, and she produced some of her most admired works as a result.