SE Hinton's "The Outsiders" Introduced Dark Teenage Fiction To The World

Feb 4, 2013

Stay Gold, written on a woman's fists.
A quote from SE Hinton's 1967 bestseller, "The Outsiders"
Credit Flickr/surra hurt

Back in 1967, a scandalous book about street thugs shot to the top of the bestseller lists. Its author was a 17-year-old woman who was nearly failing her high school English class. Why did her book become such a huge success? It offered the perfect combination of gritty realism and hormones.

Hear the story of "The Outsiders," from its humble beginnings, to its star-studded Hollywood movie adaptation, to a modern reinterpretation by an all-queer cast.

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