Nothing sparkly can stay.
—S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
S.E (Susan Eloise) Hinton was 17 years old when she
wrote The Outsiders, a young adult novel based on the rival gangs at her
school. First published in 1967, it has never gone out of print and has sold
over 14 million copies.
In 1983, a film adaptation was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
The cast was notable: Tom Cruise before Risky Business, Ralph Macchio before
The Karate Kid, Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe before the Brat Pack,
Patrick Swayze before Dirty Dancing.