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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jean Marie Auel  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: February 18, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Jean Marie Auel on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Auel was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jean M. Auel wrote the Earth's Children books, a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores human activities during this time, and touches on the interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.

She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Published Works

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear, Crown, 1980
  • The Valley of Horses, Crown, 1982
  • The Mammoth Hunters, Crown, 1985
  • The Plains of Passage, Crown, 1990
  • The Shelters of Stone, Crown, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Clan of the Cave Bear :
ISBN: 0517542021. OCLC Number:

Crown,. New York :. ©1980.

The Neanderthal world is portrayed reconstructing primordial daily life and beliefs.

The valley of horses :
ISBN: 051754489X. OCLC Number:

Crown,. New York :. ©1982.

In this sequel to The Clan of the Cave Bears, Jean Auel continues the story of Ayla. Ayla sets out on a journey to meet others like herself during which she encounters a herd of horses and rescues a young man from death.

The mammoth hunters /
ISBN: 0517556278. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©1985.

Ayla and Jondalar meet the Mamutoi-the Mammoth Hunters--people like Ayla. Ayla finds herself torn between the wildly jealous Jondalar and the master carver Ranec.

The plains of passage /
ISBN: 0517580497. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©1990.

As Ayla and Jondalar travel across Ice Age Europe they encounter savage enemies and brave friends in their search for a place they can call home.

The shelters of stone /
ISBN: 0609610597. OCLC Number:

Crown,. New York :. 2002.

After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.


Jean M. Auel has received several awards, including an American Book Award nomination for best first novel and Friends of Literature Award for The Clan of the Cave Bear (1981)


Speaking Engagements

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Contact Information Agent Jean Naggar Literary Agency 336 East 72nd St. New York, New York 10021-2902