The Outsiders is a novel by S. E. Hinton that was first published in 1967. She began writing The Outsiders at the age of fifteen, inspired by her frustration with the social divisions in her high school and the lack of realistic fiction for high school readers. Explore an in-depth analysis of Ponyboy Curtis, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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