Dan Brown

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  • Birth Place: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
  • Profession: Author
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  • Grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father taught mathematics.
  • Sang with the glee club at Amherst College.
  • Turned to writing after his career as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, where he self-produced four pop albums, failed to take off.
  • Wrote a 1995 advice book titled 187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman under the pseudonym Danielle Brown.
  • Released his first novel, the techno-thriller Digital Fortress, in 1998.
  • Can be seen in the audience of an Aerosmith concert in 2005 comedy Be Cool.
  • Named to TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in 2005.
  • His Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover and e-book versions during its first day of release in 2009.
  • Has claimed he uses gravity boots when trying to work out difficult plot developments for his novels.
  • Wife, Blythe, is an art historian who often helps with the research for his novels.


  • Blythe Brown — Wife
  • Connie Brown — Mother
  • Richard Brown — Father


  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, United States (BA in English, 1986); attended University of Seville, Seville, Spain
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  • Birth Place: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
  • Profession: Author