Dan Brown Research Essay

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Dan Brown: A Legend

“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?” -Dan Brown.

Dan Brown is an American Author who has many science-fiction prize winning and acclaimed novels, based on history, he is also my favorite author. Several of his novels include The Da Vinci Code, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress, Inferno, and The Lost Symbol. Brown's novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. By 2012, it had been recorded that his books had sold over 200,000,000 copies. (Dan Brown) The Da Vinci Code alone sold over 20,000,000 copies the first month it had been released. (Dan Brown) Two of them; Angels and Demons, and The Da Vinci Code had been adapted into blockbuster movies. Dan had extremely interesting stages of life; including his childhood which inspired many of his books. (Pelt) Many of Dan’s ideas were radical and were proficient at blending unique ideas with both modern and ancient conspiracies; and brought together personal experiences into his books to express himself. (Ford)

Dan Brown experienced a completely unique childhood. Dan was the oldest of three siblings.(Collman) He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on June 22, 1964. (Collman) His parents were singer songwriters.(Ford) His father taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, he taught mathematics and wrote textbooks.(Bush) Dan had always followed his parents, and he often looked up to them, doing many things that they did and used their ideas in his life.(Dagostino) Dan’s parents always gave him puzzles to solve and codes to break.(Ford) His childhood had been filled with codexes, puzzle boxes and anything challenging to make it more enjoyable. An example of this; one Christmas in place of putting Dan’s present under the tree, his parents put a treasure map under the tree. This treasure map led to puzzles he had to solve in order to find his present. He put together this info and at the end of the road he would find to his delight, his present.(Bush) This was a common occurrence in their household. The reason as to why his parents did this was because they often communicated in code; their musical works had been coded in order to provide security, the often wrote in foreign languages to promote learning, and they both often used math which is basically a kind of code itself.(Pelt) His parents would provide him with many crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and anagrams; even though he was only six at the time.(Pelt) His teachers at the Phillips Academy had been astounded at how quickly he could solve these puzzles and how he would write his ideas in coded form and as anagrams{An anagram is a word scrambled to form a different word}.(Collman)...

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