On This Day in 1967: ‘The Outsiders’ First Published

On This Day in 1967: ‘The Outsiders’ First Published

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On April 24th, 1967, The Outsiders was published as a cheap, drugstore paperback, in a time before the YA fiction market even existed. Author S.E. Hinton started writing her famous book at just fifteen—and, amazingly enough, this wasn’t even the first book she wrote! She reveals in an interview for Entertainment Weekly that in middle school she wrote a book about The Civil War, commenting that she has “no idea what [she] thought [she] knew about the Civil War.”  The premise of The Outsiders, though, was something she knew about from her experiences with a divided community that closely paralleled …