Inscribed first printing of the intensively researched, massive bestseller about a young woman growing up in prehistoric times.
"[I]f I had planned to write a bestseller back in 1980, would I have picked a Paleolithic caveman? No, I would have done some Hollywood glitz or some mysteries. Nobody expected it. They said yes, we think it's a good story, but we just don't think anybody short of Michener should write books that long." – Auel, 2002 interview
The surprise hit of a story about a Cro-Magnon heroine has largely been chalked up to the expert research skills of the author; in a 2011 interview, Auel recalled how the research took over her life: "I was caught up, I was obsessed and my in-laws were really upset, because they thought may be something was wrong [...] Here I was up all night and sleeping all day and avoiding friends. May be she needs a little help? [...] until I got a book published, and then it was all right because writers can be crazy." An excellent copy.
Read more: BookPage interview with Jay MacDonald, "Jean Auel's modern Stone Age family rolls on," April 2002; Reuters interview with Collett-White, "Jean Auel concludes prehistoric saga with 6th book," 29 March 2011.
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, (1980). 9'' x 6''. Original quarter yellow cloth, green paper boards, green-lettered spine. In original unclipped ($12.95) color pictorial dust jacket with painting by Hiroko and typography by Paul Bacon. Cartographic endpapers. , 468 pages. Inscribed by Auel in blue ink on half title: "May 30, 1982 / To Virginia, / My best - always, / Jean M. Auel." Slightest bumping to spine extremities, touch of toning to jacket flaps.
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