What are 20 facts about The Outsiders' author S.E. Hinton?

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Susan Eloise Hinton (1950 -) was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the setting for most of her early teen novels (including The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now, andTex ) of the 1960s and 1970s. She attended local schools--including Will Rogers High, where two rival gangs, the...

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Susan Eloise Hinton (1950 -) was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the setting for most of her early teen novels (including The Outsiders, That Was Then, This is Now, and Tex) of the 1960s and 1970s. She attended local schools--including Will Rogers High, where two rival gangs, the Greasers and the Socs, often clashed--and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1970, three years after the release of her groundsbreaking teen novel The Outsiders. Believing that she might lose credibility with readers who would not believe the story if they knew it was written by a teenage girl, Hinton deliberately masked her identity, using the more masculine initials as her pen name. The Outsiders is one of adolescent fiction's most famous novels with sales approaching 15 million copies. At least four of Hinton's novels have been made into films, including the Francis Ford Coppola version of The Outsiders, which featured youthful soon-to-be-stars Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe. Hinton also appeared in the movie, portraying a nurse in the hospital scene with Dallas Winston.

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