A few words about book's author
Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels & Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit his website at DanBrown.com.
Novelist Dan Brown may not have invented the literary thriller, but his groundbreaking tour de force The Da Vinci Code — with its irresistible mix of religion, history, art, and science — is the gold standard for a flourishing genre. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1964, Brown attended Phillips Exeter Academy (where his father taught), and graduated from Amherst with a double major in Spanish and English. After college he supported himself through teaching and enjoyed moderate success as a musician and songwriter. Brown credits Sidney Sheldon with jump-starting his literary career. Up until 1994, his reading tastes were focused sharply on the classics. Then, on vacation in Tahiti, he stumbled on a paperback copy of Sheldons novel The Doomsday Conspiracy. By the time he finished the book, he had decided he could do as well. There and then, he determined to try his hand at writing. His first attempt was a pseudonymously written self-help book for women co-written with his future wife Blythe Newlon. Then, in 1998, he published his first novel, Digital Fortress — followed in swift succession by Angels and Demons and Deception Point. None the three achieved commercial success. Then, in 2003, Brown hit the jackpot with his fourth novel, a compulsively readable thriller about a Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon who stumbles on an ancient conspiracy in the wake of a shocking murder in the Louvre. Combining elements from art, science, and religion, The Da Vinci Code became the biggest bestseller in publishing history, inspiring a big-budget movie adaptation and fueling interest in the authors back list. In 2009, Brown continued Robert Langdons esoteric adventures with The Lost Symbol, a tale of intrigue that, like its predecessors, takes readers on a wild ride into the sinister mysteries of the past.
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Brown revealed the inspiration for his labyrinthine thriller during a writers address in Concord, New Hampshire. I was studying art history at the University of Seville (in Spain), and one morning our professor started class in a most unusual way. He showed us a slide of Da Vincis famous painting The Last Supper... I had seen the painting many times, yet somehow I had never seen the strange anomalies that the professor began pointing out: a hand clutching a dagger, a disciple making a threatening gesture across the neck of another... and much to my surprise, a very obvious omission, the apparent absence on the table of the cup of Christ... The one physical object that in many ways defines that moment in history, Leonardo Da Vinci chose to omit. According to Brown, this reintroduction to an ancient masterpiece was merely the tip of the ice burg. What followed was an in-depth explanation of clues apparent in Da Vincis painting and his association with the Priory of Sion that set Brown on a path toward bringing The Da Vinci Code into existence. If only all writers could enjoy this kind of success: in early 2004, all four of Browns novels were on the New York Times Bestseller List in a single week! In our interview with Brown, he shared some of his writing rituals: If Im not at my desk by 4:00 a.m., I feel like Im missing my most productive hours. In addition to starting early, I keep an antique hourglass on my desk and every hour break briefly to do push-ups, sit-ups, and some quick stretches. I find this helps keep the blood — and ideas — flowing. Im also a big fan of gravity boots. Hanging upside down seems to help me solve plot challenges by shifting my entire perspective.