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Occupation  Novelist
Name  Jean Auel
Genre  Pre-historical fiction

Period  1980-present
Nationality  American
Role  Writer
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Born  Jean Marie Untinen February 18, 1936 (age 87) Chicago, Illinois, U.S. (1936-02-18)
Pen name  Jean M. AuelJean M. Untinen-Auel (Finland)
Alma mater  University of Portland(MBA 1976)

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Jean Marie Auel (; née Untinen; born February 18, 1936) is an American writer who 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.


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Early years

Jean Marie Untinen was born in 1936 in Chicago. She is of Finnish descent, the second of five children of Neil Solomon Untinen, a housepainter, and Martha (née Wirtanen) Untinen.

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Auel attended University of Portland. While a student, she joined Mensa, and worked at Tektronix, as a clerk (1965–1966), a circuit board designer (1966–1973), technical writer (1973–1974), and a credit manager (1974–1976). She earned an MBA from the University of Portland in 1976. She received honorary degrees from her alma mater, as well as the University of Maine and the Mount Vernon College for Women.

Career as novelist

In 1977, Auel began extensive library research of the Ice Age for her first book. She joined a survival class to learn how to construct an ice cave, and learned primitive methods of making fire, tanning leather, and knapping stone from the aboriginal skills expert Jim Riggs.

The Clan of the Cave Bear was nominated for numerous literary awards, including an American Booksellers Association nomination for best first novel. It was also later adapted into a screenplay for the film of the same name.

After the sales success of her first book, Auel has been able to travel to the sites of prehistoric ruins and relics, and also to meet many of the experts with whom she had been corresponding. Her research has taken her across Europe from France to Ukraine, including most of what Marija Gimbutas called Old Europe. In 1986 she attended and co-sponsored a conference on modern human origins at the School of American Research, Santa Fe. She has developed a close friendship with Dr. Jean Clottes of France who was responsible for the exploration of the Cosquer Cave discovered in 1985 and the Chauvet Cave discovered in 1994.

In October 2008, Auel was named an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and Communication.

Personal life

Jean Marie Untinen married Ray Bernard Auel after high school. They have five children, and live in Portland, Oregon in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.


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