(born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire) is an American author of detective thrillers. His novels include:
- Digital Fortress (1997)
- Angels and Demons (2000)
- Deception Point (2001)
- The Da Vinci Code (2003)
- The Solomon Key (unannounced)
He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father was a math teacher, then matriculated to Amherst College, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, graduating in 1986. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he taught English at Phillips Exeter. He currently lives in New England. Blythe, his wife, is an art historian and painter and her influence is evident in his acclaimed novel, The Da Vinci Code. Promotional materials state that he is working on a new book called The Solomon Key about the Kryptos statue, at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Controversy: The Da Vinci Code
Brown's depictions of core aspects of Christianity and the history of Catholic Church in The Da Vinci Code have generated some controversy among critics who feel that much of what he wrote is factually inaccurate.
For example, the novel's assertion that the Holy Grail is the bloodline sprung from an apochyphal union between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene has been derided by many textual and historical scholars as being not only false, but plagiarized from earlier conspiratist works featuring similar claims.
Brown states that his books are based on historical fact and that the details regarding the works of art and architecture discussed in his books are easily verifiable. He also states that, while he may agree with some of the theories put forth by the characters in his books, it is up to the reader to evaluate their veracity. As a writer of fiction, Brown has not felt the need to extensively defend the factual accuracy of his work beyond a brief section on his website. As a result, it is not clear what parts of his work he considers theory and what parts he considers fact.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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