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Name: Susan Eloise Hinton                                                       
Born: July 22, 1948 Tulsa, Oklahoma, US                                         
Susan Eloise Hinton (born July 22, 1948) is an American author of novels for     
young adults.                                                                   
Susan E. Hinton, who was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, first began writing in her     
junior year at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa. After her father died of a     
cancerous brain tumor, she withdrew and found solace in writing. She was         
inspired to write The Outsiders, her first and most popular novel, because of   
the two divided groups in her high school, the Greasers and the Socs. During     
that time she also witnessed the beating of her friend by two other high school 
students. The Outsiders was published by Viking in 1967, and it became the       
second-best-selling young-adult novel in publishing history, with more than     
eight million copies in print.[1] Hinton's publisher suggested she use her       
initials instead of her first name so that male reviewers would not ignore the   
novel for having been written by a female; she subsequently chose to continue   
using her initials so as to better separate her public life from her private