Search for Da Vanci work is controversial

FLORENCE, Italy, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. and Italian art historians say they believe a work by Leonardo da Vinci may be hidden behind a Florence palace wall covered by a later 16th-century fresco.
Matt Lauer to interview author Dan Brown

Matt Lauer to interview author Dan Brown

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. novelist Dan Brown has agreed to sit for a rare and exclusive interview with TV's Matt Lauer, NBC said.
Brown's 'Symbol' sells 1M copies in 1 day

Brown's 'Symbol' sells 1M copies in 1 day

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Dan Brown's eagerly awaited novel "The Lost Symbol" sold 1 million copies the day it was released in the United States, England and Canada, its publisher said.

Experts say 'Symbol' heavily sought after

LONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The book "The Lost Symbol" by author Dan Brown has become a heavily sought-after novel in Britain and abroad, experts say.

Washington prepares for 'Lost Symbol' fans

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Washington tourism officials are gearing up for visitors expected to look for real-life places depicted in Dan Brown's latest novel, "The Lost Symbol."
SeaWorld to debut new roller coaster

SeaWorld to debut new roller coaster

ORLANDO, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- SeaWorld officials in Orlando, Fla., say they hope their new Manta roller coaster helps attract visitors to the theme park despite the poor economic climate.
McGregor eyeing role in 'Code' prequel

McGregor eyeing role in 'Code' prequel

HOLLYWOOD, April 26 (UPI) -- Actor Ewan McGregor is in negotiations with a Hollywood studio for a role in the film prequel of "The DaVinci Code," a Web site reported.

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'Da Vinci Code' a blessing for chapel

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 2 (UPI) -- For a historic Scottish chapel, an appearance in "The Da Vinci Code" book and movie has meant a lot of pennies from heaven.

Howard, Hanks to make 'Da Vinci' sequel

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The producers behind "Angels & Demons" are trying to finalize their shooting script before the Oct. 31 expiration of the Writers Guild of America contract.

Music hidden in 'Da Vinci Code' chapel

ROSLIN, Scotland, May 1 (UPI) -- A music teacher and former military code breaker says he has cracked a real secret hidden in the Scottish chapel that appeared in "The Da Vinci Code."

'Da Vinci Code' author didn't plagiarize

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- A British court Wednesday ruled American author Dan Brown did not lift passages from two historians' book and use them in his novel, "The Da Vinci Code."

'Da Vinci Code' dispute returns to court

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The legal battle between Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code," and two authors claiming breach of copyright re-ignited in a British court Tuesday.

King takes literary guilty pleasure crown

LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A survey commissioned by this year's Costa Book Awards found that horror author Stephen King is the top guilty pleasure writer for British literature fans.

Jesus' descendant to publish a book

BRITAIN, England, July 23 (UPI) -- An American who began her career as a journalist in Belfast, claims she is a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene and is publishing a book about it.
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Dan Brown
"Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after giving evidence in the ongoing plagiarism trial brought by authors Michael Beagent and Richard Leigh on Monday March 13 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels, which are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour time period, feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, and as of 2009, sold over 80 million copies. Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into feature films. The former opened amid great controversy and poor reviews, while the latter did only slightly better with critics.

Brown's novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as recurring motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a 'constant spiritual journey' himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."

Dan Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, the eldest of three children. Brown grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, Richard G. Brown, was a teacher of mathematics, and wrote textbooks from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Both of Brown's parents are also singers and musicians, having served as church choir masters, with his mother also serving as church organist. Brown was raised an Episcopalian.

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