Auel, Jean M.
Finnish North American Literature Association
All four of Jean M. Auel's grandparents were born in Finland. Her paternal grandparents
were Justus and Alexandra Untinen who settled on a farm in Paynesville, Michigan. Her
maternal grandfather, John Wirtanen, was orphaned in Helsinki, and changed his name
upon arrival in the states. He settled on a farm in Trenary, Michigan and married Martha
with whom he had five children, Gloria, Jean, William, John, and Raymond.
Jean was born on February 18, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, where she spent her childhood.
She spent her summers in northern Michigan. She married Ray B. Auel with whom she has
five children. She is grandmother to fifteen grandchildren.
Jean M. Auel's publisher is Crown Publishing, part of Random House, with which she has
published five novels. Her works have been translated into thirty languages and are
published in as many countries.
Jean Auel's awards are many, including a Leaky Foundation Award, a Distinguished
Northwest Writer Award, an award for the most popular foreign novel in Holland, a Waldo
Award, a Silver Trowel Award, and others. She has received four honorary doctorates, an
honorary Vice Presidency, and the city of Portland, Oregon, proclaimed "Jean Auel Day" in
Contact information for scholarly inquiry on the author and/or her work can be directed to
her literary agent as follows:
c/o Jean Naggar
216 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 794-1082.
Clan of the Cave Bear. New York: Crown Publishing a division of Random House, 1980.
Valley of Horses. New York: Crown Publishing a division of Random House, 1982.
Mammoth Hunters. New York: Crown Publishing a division of Random House,1985.
Plains of Passage. New York: Crown Publishing a division of Random House,1990.
Shelter of Stone. New York: Crown Publishing a division of Random House, 2002.