Dan Brown is the author of numerous bestselling novels,
including the #1 New York Times bestseller, The
Da Vinci Code -- one of the best selling novels of all
time. In early 2004, all four of Dan Brown's novels held
spots on the New York Times bestseller list during
the same week.
Dan Brown has made appearances on CNN, The Today Show,
National Public Radio, Voice of America, as well as in
the pages of Newsweek, TIME, Forbes, People, GQ, The New
Yorker, and others. His novels have been translated and
published in more than 40 languages around the world.
Dan is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter
Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before
turning his efforts fully to writing. In 1996, his interest
in code-breaking and covert government agencies led him to
write his first novel, Digital Fortress, which
quickly became a #1 national bestselling eBook. Set within
the clandestine National Security Agency, the novel
explores the fine line between civilian privacy and
national security. Brown’s follow-up techno-thriller,
Deception Point, centered on similar issues of
morality in politics, national security, and classified
The son of a Presidential Award winning math professor and
of a professional sacred musician, Dan grew up surrounded
by the paradoxical philosophies of science and religion.
These complementary perspectives served as inspiration for
his acclaimed novel Angels & Demons—a science vs.
religion thriller set within a Swiss physics lab and
Vatican City. Recently, he has begun work on a series of
symbology thrillers featuring his popular protagonist
Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of iconography and
religious art. The upcoming series will include books set
in Paris, London, and Washington D.C.
Dan’s wife Blythe—an art historian and painter—collaborates
on his research and accompanies him on his frequent
research trips, their latest to Paris, where they spent
time in the Louvre for his thriller, The Da Vinci
In its first week on sale, The Da Vinci Code
achieved unprecedented success when it debuted at #1 on
The New York Times Bestseller list, simultaneously
topping bestseller lists at The Wall Street Journal,
Publishers Weekly, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Later, the book hit #1 on every major bestseller list in
the country. The Da Vinci Code is now being adapted
for film by Columbia Pictures.