List of best-selling books

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The books are listed according to the highest sales estimate as reported in reliable, independent sources. This list is incomplete because there are many books, such as The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. Similarly, many notable book series that sold very widely are poorly documented (Land of Oz) or consist of multiple sub-series (Tom Swift). According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with an estimated 5billion copies sold and distributed.

Akiva Goldsman

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In 2006, Goldsman re-teamed with A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard to adapt Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code for Howard's film version, receiving mixed reviews for his work. He also penned the screenplay for its 2009 prequel Angels & Demons. Akiva Goldsman was born in New York City, the son of Tev Goldsman, a therapist, and Mira Rothenberg, a child psychologist. His family is Jewish. His parents ran a group home for emotionally disturbed children. Goldsman's parents were occupied with their work, and Goldsman said, "By the time I was 10 or 12, I realized they had taken my parents away from me. I wanted nothing more to do with that world. I wanted to be a writer.

Kono Mystery ga Sugoi!

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Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! is an annual mystery fiction guide book published by Takarajimasha. The guide book publishes a list of the top ten mystery books published in Japan in the previous year.

Robert Langdon

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Professor Robert Langdon is a fictional character created by author Dan Brown for his Robert Langdon book series: Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), The Lost Symbol (2009), Inferno (2013) and Origin (2017). He is a Harvard University professor of religious iconology and "symbology" (a fictional field related to the study of historic symbols, which is not methodologically connected to the actual discipline of semiotics). Tom Hanks portrays Langdon in the Robert Langdon film series, starting with the 2006 film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, reprising the role in the 2009 film adaptation of Angels & Demons, and again in the 2016 film adaptation of Inferno.

List of The Da Vinci Code characters

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This is a list of fictional characters from Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 film based on it. Bishop Manuel Aringarosa is a fictional Spanish bishop, portrayed in the film by Alfred Molina. Bishop Aringarosa is the worldwide head of Opus Dei and the patron of the albino monk Silas. Five months before the start of the narrative, he is summoned by the Vatican to a meeting at an astronomical observatory in the Italian Apennines and told, to his great surprise, that in six months the Pope will withdraw his support of Opus Dei.

The Da Vinci Code (film)

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The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman, and based on Dan Brown's 2003 best-selling novel of the same name. The first in the Robert Langdon film series, the film stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany. In the film, Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconography and symbology from Harvard University, is the prime suspect in the grisly and unusual murder of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière. In the body, the police find a disconcerting cipher and start an investigation.

The Lost Symbol

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The Lost Symbol is a 2009 novel written by American writer Dan Brown. It is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., after the events of The Da Vinci Code, and relies on Freemasonry for both its recurring theme and its major characters. Released on September 15, 2009, it is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code. It had a first printing of 6.5 million (5 million in North America, 1.5 million in the UK), the largest in Doubleday history.

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

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Alas, though, I think that one has to say that this is the direction that history is going today… *Smithy code *Simon Raikes. (2005) The Real Da Vinci Code.

Angels & Demons

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The Da Vinci Code. Burstein, Dan (ed). Secrets of Angels & Demons: The unauthorized guide to the bestselling novel, 2004, CDS Books. ISBN: 1-59315-140-3, Collection of many essays by world-class historians and other experts, discussing the fact & fiction of the novel. Angels and Demons Draws Tourists to Rome, January 20, 2005, NPR. CERN's own page about fact and fiction in the novel. Angels and Demons Movie News Site. Path of Illumination (with photos of the places of Angels & Demons). Dan Brown's own page. Book 'Antimatter, The Ultimate Mirror' ISBN: 978-0-521-89309-1. Official website. Official UK website.

Angels & Demons (film)

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In 2003, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to Angels & Demons along with The Da Vinci Code in a deal with author Dan Brown. In May 2006, following the release of the 2006 film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, Sony Pictures hired screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who wrote the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, to adapt Angels & Demons. Filming was originally to begin in February 2008 and was originally going to be released on December 19, 2008, but because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, the film was pushed back for May 15, 2009. David Koepp rewrote the script before shooting began.

Opus Dei

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In another 1997 book, the detective novel "The Death of Faith" which is the seventh in the Commissario Brunetti series by Donna Leon, the book's mystery turns out to involve sinister activities by Opus Dei. The book ends with the protagonist Brunetti feeling certain that a priest who is an Opus Dei member was responsible for several murders - but has no way to prove it in court, and feels that Opus Dei is too powerful to touch. Since 2003, Opus Dei has received world attention as a result of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 film based on the novel. In The Da Vinci Code, Opus Dei is portrayed as a Catholic organization that is led into a sinister international conspiracy.

Priory of Sion

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Thanks to Dan Brown, hundreds of millions of people now have “brand awareness”, and several million of them seem to take it seriously." As a result of Dan Brown's best-selling 2003 conspiracy fiction novel The Da Vinci Code and the subsequent 2006 film, there was a new level of public interest in the Priory of Sion. Brown's novel promotes the mythical version of the Priory but departs from the ultimate conclusions presented in The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.

Doubleday (publisher)

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Dan Brown. Bill Bryson. Pat Conroy. Theodore Dreiser. Daphne du Maurier. Raymond E. Feist. Graeme Gibson. John Grisham. Mark Haddon. Arthur Hailey. Alex Haley. Noah Hawley. Dolores Hitchens. Laura Z. Hobson. Michael Jackson. Carl Jung. Michio Kaku. Stephen King. Rudyard Kipling. Jon Krakauer. Jonathan Lethem. Alistair MacLean. Peter Mayle. Herman Melville. Michael A. O'Donnell. Kirby Page. Chuck Palahniuk. Vera Pavlova. Terry Pratchett. Christopher Reich. Judith Rossner. Bill Strickland. Paul Shaffer. Una Lucy Silberrad. Wallace Stegner. Immanuel Velikovsky. Jose Antonio Villarreal. Colson Whitehead. Jacqueline Wilson. P. G. Wodehouse. William H. Whyte. Hanya Yanagihara.

Richard Leigh (author)

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These notions were later used as a basis for Dan Brown's international best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. The day after publication, the authors had a public clash on BBC television with the Bishop of Birmingham and Marina Warner. The book rapidly climbed the best-seller charts, and the authors published a sequel, The Messianic Legacy, in 1986. The book has been described as "a work thoroughly debunked by scholars and critics alike". Arthurian scholar Richard Barber has commented, "It would take a book as long as the original to refute and dissect The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail point by point: it is essentially a text which proceeds by innuendo, not by refutable scholarly debate".

Michael Baigent

Some of the ideas presented in Baigent's earlier book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, were incorporated in the bestselling American novel The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown. In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown named the primary antagonist, a British Royal Historian, Knight of the Realm and Grail scholar, Sir Leigh Teabing, KBE, also known as the Teacher, in homage to the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail. The name combines Richard Leigh's surname with 'Teabing', an anagram of Baigent. In March 2006, Baigent and Leigh filed a lawsuit in a British court against Brown's publisher, Random House, claiming copyright infringement.

Tom Hanks

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Hanks next starred in the highly anticipated film The Da Vinci Code, based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. The film was released May 19, 2006, in the U.S. and grossed over US$750 million worldwide. He followed the film with Ken Burns's 2007 documentary The War. For the documentary, Hanks did voice work, reading excerpts from World War II-era columns by Al McIntosh. In 2006, Hanks topped a 1,500-strong list of "most trusted celebrities" compiled by Forbes magazine. Hanks also produced the animated children's movie The Ant Bully in 2006.

Mary Magdalene

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Dan Brown's 2003 bestselling mystery thriller novel The Da Vinci Code popularized a number of erroneous ideas about Mary Magdalene, including that she was a member of the tribe of Benjamin, that she was Jesus's wife, that she was pregnant at the crucifixion, and that she gave birth to Jesus's child, who became the founder of a bloodline which survives to this very day. There is absolutely no historical evidence, from the canonical or apocryphal gospels, other early Christian writings, or any other ancient sources, to support any of these claims.

Lewis Perdue

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Perdue was sued by Random House in 2003 when he charged that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code plagiarized those two books. Random House won the lawsuit but lost their demand to have Perdue pay their legal fees. The Delphi Betrayal (1981). Queens Gate Reckoning (1982). The Da Vinci Legacy (1983). The Tesla Bequest (1984). The Linz Testament (1985). Zaibatsu (1988). Daughter of God (1999). Slatewiper (2003). Perfect Killer (2005). Die By Wire (2011).

List of fiction works made into feature films (D–J)

This is a list of fiction works that have been made into feature films. The title of the work and the year it was published are both followed by the work's author, the title of the film, and the year of the film. If a film has an alternate title based on geographical distribution, the title listed will be that of the widest distribution area.

Boston in fiction

Cell by Stephen King; a traditional zombie story set in present-day Boston. The Chippendales by Robert Grant, novel, old Boston society confronted by the emerging new in the 1880s. Combat Boy by James Vance Elliott, a novel featuring both the Boston crime world of the 70s and the Massachusetts high-tech world of the 90s. Crisis by Robin Cook, novel, early 21st century; begins with a tale of two doctors, one practicing in NYC and one in Boston, with the former's trial for malpractice taking place in Boston; most of the action occurs in Boston. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown; Boston is the home of protagonist Robert Langdon.

2006 in literature

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*Nobel Prize in Literature: Orhan Pamuk April 7 – Mr Justice Peter Smith delivers judgment in the copyright case begun on February 27 against publisher Random House over the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (2003) in the High Court of Justice in London, finding that author Dan Brown has not breached the copyright of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh in their book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (published in 1982 as non-fiction). The judgment itself contains a coded message on the whim of the judge. Summer – Brutalism becomes the first literary movement to be launched via the social networking site Myspace.

2003 in literature

Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code. Angus Peter Campbell – An Oidhche Mus Do Sheol Sinn. Lars Saabye Christensen – Maskeblomstfamilien. Paulo Coelho – Eleven Minutes. J. M. Coetzee – Elizabeth Costello. Deborah Joy Corey – The Skating Pond. Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe's Havoc. Sharpe's Christmas. Heretic. Douglas Coupland – Hey Nostradamus!. Robert Crais – The Last Detective. Julie E. Czerneda – Space, Inc. Jeffery Deaver – Twisted. Don DeLillo – Cosmopolis. Cory Doctorow. A Place So Foreign and Eight More. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Gerard Donovan – Schopenhauer's Telescope. Fernanda Eberstadt – The Furies. Rodrigo Fresán – Jardines de Kensington.

Change of Heart (novel)

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She compares Change of Heart to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Describing the novel as "Laced with intriguing musings on the Gnostic Gospels, Picoult's bold story of loss, justice, redemption, and faith reminds us how tragically truth can be concealed and denied." Janet Maslin writing for The New York Times had several criticisms about the book. She wrote that Picoult wrote the novel on "authorial autopilot", as it has the "subtlety of a jackhammer" and was made needlessly long by scenes such as Maggie chatting with her pet rabbit. She says that June Nealon is "a wet hankie of a character, full of grief and anger, but otherwise lacking any distinguishing characteristics."

Arthur Machen

These ideas also featured strongly in the novel The Secret Glory which he wrote at this time, marking the first use in fiction of the idea of the Grail's surviving into modern times in some form, an idea much utilised ever since, as by Charles Williams (War in Heaven), Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) and George Lucas (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). In 1907, The Hill of Dreams, generally considered Machen's masterpiece, was finally published, though it was not recognized much at the time. The next few years saw Machen continue with acting in various companies and with journalistic work, but he was finding it increasingly hard to earn a living and his legacies were long exhausted.