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SE Hinton is considered to be one of the greatest writers about youth of all time Since she often writes from a boys point of view she uses her initials SE instead of her name Susan Eloise She explains this by saying I figured that most boys would look at the book and think What can a chick know about stuff like that She was born in 1948 in Tulsa Oklahoma She was raised there and went to college at the University of Tulsa with education as her major She wrote her first and probably most famous novel The Ousiders at age 16 It was published three years later in 1967 From this book she became known as the Voice of the Youth After having writers block for three years because of the constant pressure around her future husband urged her to write two pages a day to bring her out of it She did and it eventually led to the book That was Then This is Now It was finished in 1970 and published in 1971 It again dealt with problems of teenage boys and drug abuseIn 1975 her third book was released called Rumble Fish It was her shortest novel and it got very mixed reviews It is the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who tries to emulate his elder brother a former gang leader Four years later SE published a book called Tex It got great reviews and critics talked about how much her books have become more mature over the years It too deals with two teenage boys who were abandoned by their father After four more years her first son Nick was born That same year the movie The Outsiders was released Two months after that the movie Rumble Fish was released In 1985 the movie That Was Then This Is Now was released In 1988 SE was the first person to receive the Margaret A Edwards Author Achievement Award
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