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Many writers like Susan Eloise Hinton have focused on teenage problems in society Sometimes writers develop novels from personal experiences andor from observations in their environment SE Hinton grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma Tulsa is the setting for all of her novels Tulsa is a classic American city Its got the river the old railroad the good side and the bad side Its got the new high rises downtown and the half million or so population and the problems of cities At age 17 Hinton still a high school student wrote her first novel The Outsiders It was published in 1967 It is a story of teenage rebellion and heroism It focuses on the class conflict between two groups of youth and the problems that occur as a result of their anger and violence Many teenagers in todays society are unhappy with their lives Some join gangs or engage in violent activity like the youth portrayed in Hintons book The Outsiders SE Hintons depiction of gangs youth violence and teen problems is genuine and continues to represent a clear description of the problems our society needs to focus on today S E Hintons personal life is reflected in her books Hinton was a tomboy and she wrote The Outsiders from a male perspective Critics and readers of this book were surprised to find out that SE Hinton was a girl The whole status thing in high school drove Susie crazy She couldnt understand why students would worry about whom they should say hi to in the halls She had no label in high school Hinton is quoted by Daly as saying If I had a label at all it was probably something like the School Nut but I was friends with Greasers Socs and artsy-craftsies I could talk to all of them because I wasnt any of them Susie Hinton always wanted to be a writer Her father who Hinton was very close to died
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