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Why ‘The Outsiders’ Lives On: A Teenage Novel Turns 50

March 14, 2017

This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

The widely read novel was initially published back in 1967, when the author was only 18. The New York Times featured an article highlighting the book:

Since “The Outsiders” was first published in 1967, over 15 million copies have been sold. It is a constant on middle-school and high-school reading lists and has been translated into 30 languages. Fanfiction.net counts 8,100 stories based on the book. The hashtag #staygold, which is inspired by a Robert Frost poem that appears in the book, is attached to more than 300,000 Instagram posts. Search the internet for “stay gold” and you’ll find both the name of a cafe on the Jersey Shore and a Swedish rock band’s debut album. Ms. Hinton fields daily questions on Twitter from fans who ask, “What do you think when people say ‘Stay golden’ instead of ‘Stay gold’?” (Answer: It makes her cringe.)
(The New York Times)


Read the full feature on The New York Times website here.

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