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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1931 in Aurora, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Cussler was born in Aurora.

Biographical and Professional Information

Clive Cussler was a New York Times best-selling author. Born in Illinois, he grew up in Alhambra, California. He began writing in 1965.

After attending Pasadena City College for two years, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War where he served as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. Upon his discharge, he became a copywriter and later creative director for two leading ad agencies. At that time, he wrote and produced radio and television commercials that won numerous international awards one at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

His thriller novels have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list more than 20 times. Two of his books were made into major motion pictures - Raise the Titanic! and Sahara.

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