Moderately Interesting Morning Fact July 22, 2012: Pony Boy Edition

Happy 62nd birthday to Susan Eloise Hinton, better known as author S. E. Hinton. From Wikipedia: While still in her teens, Hinton became a household name as the author of The Outsiders, her first and most popular novel, set in Oklahoma in the 1960s. She began writing it in 1965. The book was inspired by two rival gangs at her school, Will Rogers High School, the Greasers and the Socs, and her desire to show sympathy toward the Greasers by writing from their point of view. It was published by Viking Press in 1967, during her freshman year at the University of Tulsa; the book has sold more than 14 million copies in print and still sells more than 500,000 a year.

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