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.

'Da Vinci' plagiarism case gets appeal

LONDON, July 11 (UPI) -- A London court has granted an appeal to the authors of 1992's "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," who claimed Dan Brown copied their work in "The Da Vinci Code."

Popular online film spoofs 'Da Vinci Code'

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., June 21 (UPI) -- A short film spoofing "The Da Vinci Code" is gaining momentum in the online world, and Hollywood is knocking at the makers' door.

Forbes releases their celebrity Top 100

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- Love him or hate, but Tom Cruise tops this years Forbes Top 100 Celebrities list.

'Da Vinci Code' still getting flak

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Dan Brown, the author of the blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code," continues to be dogged by allegations that he took material from other sources for his book.

Indian censors derail Da Vinci Code

BOMBAY, May 20 (UPI) -- A fight with censors over disclaimers before and after "The Da Vinci Code" has delayed the release of the controversial film in India, the BBC reported.

Churches prepare for 'The Da Vinci Code'

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Churches around the nation's capital are planning sermons to prepare their parishioners for the opening of the movie "The Da Vinci Code" later this month.

Judge's 'Da Vinci' code is cracked

LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- The code embedded by a London judge having some fun with his written decision in "The Da Vinci Code" plagiarism case has been cracked.

Vatican official: Boycott 'Da Vinci Code'

ROME, April 28 (UPI) -- A top Vatican official Friday called for a boycott of the movie version of "The Da Vinci Code." Speaking at a conference at Santa Croce University in Rome, Monsignor Angelo Amato, the second-ranking official in the doctrinal department, said the best-sell

Judge has fun with 'Da Vinci' decision

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- British lawyers are poring over the 71-page decision in "The Da Vinci Code" plagiarism case in an effort to crack a code embedded by a London judge.

Google, Sony create online 'Da Vinci' game

WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- In a new twist on movie marketing, Columbia Pictures has paired up with Google to create a series of live online games and puzzles for fans to partake in, leading up to the release of "The Da Vinci Code" next month.

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'The Da Vinci Code' not plagiarized

LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- London's High Court Friday ruled in favor of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown and Random House saying he did not plagiarize his best-selling novel.
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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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