Daniel "Dan" Brown, born June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, is an American writer. His most famous novels are the bestsellers Angels and Demons (2000) and The Da Vinci Code (2003). He has also released two records on his own label.
Dan Brown studied at Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father was a math teacher at the same time. After graduating from Amherst College (majors in English and Spanish) he also came to work as a teacher at the school, focusing on English. Dan Brown also taught in Spanish at the Lincoln Akerman High School.
Dan Brown's interest in codes, symbolism and intelligence services made him write his first novel,
Digital Fortress (1998). It quickly became one of the most selling books in the United States.
The novel Angels and Demons (2000) came to sell even more. Angels and Demons introduced the protagonist Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbolism. Subsequently, Brown published the novel in the Deception Point (2001), a novel about a fossil of an alien insect in a meteorite.
Robert Langdon returned in The Da Vinci Code (2003). Leonardo da Vinci, the history of the Merovingians, as well as mysterious religious communities such as Prieuré de Sion, Opus Dei, and the Freemasons tickled Brown’s imagination and became a main theme in the novel.
However, a large part of the action was based on a pseudo-historical book written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln entitles The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. The Da Vinci Code quickly became an enormous success in 2003-2004 and is (so far) the bestselling book of the 21st century.
On September 15, 2009, Brown's next novel, The Lost Symbol, was released, where Robert Langdon once again is the main character. The book's first edition was printed in 5 million copies. It sold 1 million copies the first day. Even though the story takes place in just 12 hours, Brown spent five years doing research to write the book.
The fourth book with protagonist Robert Langdon was released May 14, 2013, and was entitled Inferno. The story is set in Italy and Istanbul. The fifth Langdon book entitled Origins was released in September 2017.