DIKSIA.COM - Dan Brown is one of the most popular and successful authors of the 21st century. His novels have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 56 languages. He is best known for his Robert Langdon series, which features the Harvard professor of symbology and art history as he unravels mysteries and conspiracies involving ancient secrets, religious symbols, and cutting-edge science.
The Early Years
Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964, in Exeter, New Hampshire. He grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his mother was a church organist. He developed a fascination with the interplay between science and religion, as well as a love for puzzles and codes.
He graduated from Amherst College in 1986 with a degree in English and Spanish. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career as a singer-songwriter and pianist. He also taught Spanish at Beverly Hills Preparatory School.
In 1993, he married Blythe Newlon, a former art historian and painter, who later became his editor and research assistant. They moved back to New Hampshire in 1996.
Brown's first novel, Digital Fortress, was published in 1998. It was a techno-thriller about a cryptographer who tries to stop a rogue NSA agent from releasing a powerful code-breaking algorithm that could threaten national security. The novel received mixed reviews and modest sales.
His second novel, Angels & Demons, was published in 2000. It introduced the character of Robert Langdon, who is summoned to the Vatican to help stop a secret society called the Illuminati from destroying the city with an antimatter bomb. The novel was praised for its fast-paced plot and historical details, but criticized for its factual inaccuracies and implausible scenarios.
His third novel, Deception Point, was published in 2001. It was a political thriller about a NASA discovery of extraterrestrial life in the Arctic that turns out to be a hoax orchestrated by a powerful faction within the government. The novel was well-received by critics and readers, but did not achieve the same level of success as his later works.
Brown's fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, was published in 2003. It was a sequel to Angels & Demons, featuring Robert Langdon as he investigates the murder of a curator at the Louvre Museum, who leaves behind clues related to the Holy Grail and the bloodline of Jesus Christ. The novel sparked a global sensation, as it explored controversial themes such as the role of women in Christianity, the origins of the Bible, and the secrets of the Priory of Sion, a purported ancient society that guards the Grail.