Know Your History – 22nd July S.e. Hinton born

know your history - writingOn this day… 22nd July, 1948 – S.E. Hinton born.

Susan Eloise Hinton (born July 22, 1948) is an American writer best known for her young-adult novels set in Oklahoma, especially The Outsiders, which she wrote during high school. In 1988 she received the inaugural Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her cumulative contribution in writing for teens.

About Writingse hinton

Once her novel “The Outsiders” was published Hinton suffered from a three year long writer’s block. Her boyfriend (now husband) broke this block by making her write two pages each day if she wanted to go anywhere. She kept the habit and got several more books published including “That was then, This is Now” and “Rumble Fish”.

On her bio Hinton writes;

“A writer’s life is not very exciting – usually you’re alone in a room with your tools – paper, pen, imagination. (I usually write long-hand first, then put it on a computer.)”

Did You Know?..

The Outsiders was quite a controversial book when it was released, and it remains so today.

It is ranked #43 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Challenged Books of 1990-2000 and has been banned from some schools and libraries because of its portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, strong language, slang usage, and exposé on family dysfunction.

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