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Dan Brown


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Courtesy of Anchor Books


June 22, 1964
Exeter, New Hampshire


Brown grew up hanging around the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where his father was a math professor. Brown's mother was a professional musician who played the organ at church. Brown credits his parents' different backgrounds with his interest in both science and religion. He was the oldest of three children.

What He Did Before Writing:

Brown graduated from Amherst College and then spent time as a singer-songwriter. He has made four recordings: SynthAnimals, Perspective, the self-titled Dan Brown, and Angels and Demons (the liner notes of which contained the same artwork that would later be used in his novel by the same title). In 1993, Brown became an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy. He quit teaching in 1996 to write full time.


Thriller Fiction
(Although he wrote a humor book with his wife)

What He Has Written:

  • 187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman (1995, co-written with wife, Blythe Brown, under the pseudomnym Danielle Brown)

  • Digital Fortress (1998)

  • Angels and Demons (2000)

  • Deception Point (2001)

  • The Da Vinci Code (2003)

  • The Lost Symbol (2009)

Brown's first three novels obtained modest readership when they were first released. The runaway success of Brown's fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, thrust his previous thrillers onto the bestsellers list.


Singing & Songwriting

Quote from Dan Brown:

"Religion has only one true enemy--apathy--and passionate debate is a superb antidote."
-from Dan Brown's Official Web Site

Dan Brown Trivia:

  • Characters in Brown's books are often named after real people in his life. Robert Langdon is named after John Langdon, the artist who created the ambigrams used for the Angels and Demons CD and novel. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is named after friend Carla Ventresca. Robert Langdon's editor, Jonas Faukman, is named after Brown's real life editor, Jason Kaufman.

  • Brown usually begins writing by 4 a.m. each day.
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