Dan Brown (Exeter, New HampshireJune 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, former pop singer and pianist , best known of the Da Vinci Code. His books are among the genre fact fiction (faction), with an invented story is told against a historical background. Brown was inspired by his interest in Cryptography and his passion for codes, symbols and conspiracy theories. So far more than 200 million copies of his books sold in more than 40 different languages, including Dutch, French, German and Italian.


[hide]*1 early life

Life Course[Edit]Edit

Brown grew up on the campus of the Philips Exeter Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools of America. His father was a mathematicsteacher there. Brown studied English literature and art history at Amherst College (Massachusetts), where he graduated in 1986 . In addition, he also studied in the Spanish Seville.

After his studies he gave Spanish lessons in California, he was a singer, wrote songs and gave-in the footsteps of his father-some time teaching English to the Philips Exeter Academy, where he used to own also education followed. He married Blythe Newlon (1952), who helped him with his career as a pop singer and later writer. It is by Dan Brown described as "an art historian and painter", although they are not as such, trained or occurs. Together they carry out the research for his books, as it turned out in the lawsuit over The Da Vinci Code.


In 1998 he released his debut thriller-novel Digital Fortress.

Da Vinci Code[Edit]Edit

However, he broke through internationally with his fourth thriller-novel the Da Vinci Code, which in 2004 in numerous countries (including Belgium and Netherlands) led the bestseller lists for months. The book is primarily about pseudo historical conspiracy theories which became popular through books from the 1980s as the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent c.s. Brown received the nickname "the Umberto Eco for the common man" by, because Eco in Foucault's pendulum somewhat related themes in a novel processed.


The Da Vinci Code was made into a film under the same title in 2006 by Director Ron Howard, with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in lead roles. Critics, however, the movie, which creaked 750 million brought up. Brown and his wife are to see themselves as an extra in the film. Brown composed a part of film music and can be heard as a singer.

Also the book Angels and Demons was filmed and is released in theaters in may 2009 again with Tom Hanks in the lead role.


Brown was accused of plagiarism by both the novelist Lewis Perdue as Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, non-fiction writers about the Grail.

The indictment of Perdue was unfounded.

Brown appeared before the second case in February 2006 for the UK Court. Baigent and Richard Leigh accused Brown of it to have their ideas taken from the book that she and co-author Henry Lincoln wrote and was published by Random House that as well. They demanded 15 million euros in damages. Brown himself has earned an estimated more than 300 million to its successful books. There are more references to the book of Baigent and Leigh. So used Brown in the Da Vinci Code "Sir Leigh Hanouta" as name for the villain, what is a anagram of the surnames of the two authors of the earlier work. In addition, he lets the character Hanouta limp, just like Lincoln. In april 2006, the accusation of copyright infringement however groundless explained. Otherwise fiction writers in general get problems if they are non-fiction-books as inspiration and source use.

Justice in this plagiarism thing, Peter Smith, had its own "code" hidden in his pronunciation. A number of letters in the text was in italics and formed as the code. The letters in the first paragraphs pins "smithy code";the rest was: "jaeiextostgpsacgreamqwfkadpmqzv". A lawyer from London decoded this to "Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought" (lett: Jackie Fisher who are you, daredevil), a reference to a British Admiral.Dreadnought is the name of a ship that at the time of the process launched 150 years ago.


Brown is considered by many as anti-Christian because of the Da Vinci Code. In the us the film fell bad by the implicit criticism of the Catholic Church and the story about the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. According to his website is Brown a Christian.


  • SynthAnimals, for children
  • Perspective, 1990, Dalliance. Music cd
  • Dan Brown, 1993, DBG Records
  • Angels & Demons, 1994, DBG Records
  • Musica Animalia 2003 for the Families First organization


Bibliography as author
Year Title Translation Publishing House ISBN Note
1998 The Bald Book
1995 187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide

for the Romantically Frustrated Woman

2013 Inferno Inferno ISBN 978-90-245-6185-8
2009 The Lost Symbol The Lost Symbol ISBN 978-0-593-05427-7
2003 The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code ISBN 978-90-245-4800-2
2001 Deception Point Deception Point ISBN 978-90-245-4983-2
2000 Angels & Demons Angels And Demons ISBN 978-90-245-4790-6
1998 Digital Fortress Digital Fortress ISBN 978-90-245-2943-8

Bestselling 60[Edit]Edit

Books with listings in the Dutch Bestseller 60 Date of


Date of




Number Of 


Angels and demons 2000 20-09-2003 1 (1wk) 146
The da Vinci code 2003 31-01-2004 1 (44wk) 135
Digital Fortress 1998 20-11-2004 1 (1wk) 100
The da Vinci code 2004 27-11-2004 4 24 Illustrated edition
Angels and demons 2005 22-10-2005 39 7 Illustrated edition
Deception point 2001 25-02-2006 1 (5wk) 50
The da Vinci code 2006 20-05-2006 5 18 Movie Edition
The Lost Symbol 2009 26-09-2009 1 (1wk) 15 English-language edition
The lost symbol 2009 07-11-2009 1 (9wk) 50
Inferno 2013 25-05-2013 1 (13wk) 49 *
Inferno 2013 25-05-2013 17 3 Hardcover Edition
Inferno 2013 25-05-2013 2 15 English-language edition
Inferno 2013 22-06-2013 59 1 Cross-beam Edition

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