Category Archives: Dan Brown

The Women of Dan Brown’s Fiction, Sex—or Lack Thereof—in his Books, Gender Roles in Inferno, and a Few Thoughts about Dante’s Beatrice—Part II

This blog post is adapted from our book, Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown. Spoiler alert: It contains references to the plot and characters of Dan Brown’s Inferno as well as his prior novels. This … Continue reading

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The Women of Dan Brown’s Fiction, Sex—or Lack Thereof—in his Books, Gender Roles in Inferno, and a Few Thoughts about Dante’s Beatrice—Part I

This blog post is adapted from our book, Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown. Spoiler alert: It contains references to the plot and characters of Dan Brown’s Inferno as well as his prior novels. This … Continue reading

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Character Names in Dan Brown’s Inferno—and Their Hidden Meanings

Every character in a Dan Brown novel has a name chosen with care by the author. Most names have a multiplicity of meanings and allusions—some profound and some playful. In our book, Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante … Continue reading

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Bombay Sapphire and Gogol Should Never be Mixed…a Strange Sentence or a Series of Clues?

Dan Brown’s books are full of carefully chosen words and phrases that work on more than one level. When one comes across a phrase or sentence in Dan Brown’s Inferno that seems particularly artless or nonsensical, it is worth thinking about whether it … Continue reading

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Hemingway 1, Dan Brown 0.5

On Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife, Peter, the Illinois Governor-Elect, decides to test the intellectual mettle of Marilyn, his once and future ethics advisor who has committed herself to keeping him out of that place that so many Illinois … Continue reading

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New York Review of Books Takes Dan Brown Seriously Enough to Review Him (Although the Review Calls Brown’s Inferno “astonishingly bad”)

The current issue of the New York Review of Books (October 24) includes a review of Dan Brown’s Inferno by Robert Pogue Harrison. Harrison’s review encompasses not just Brown’s Inferno, but two translations of Dante, one by Clive James and one by … Continue reading

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Dan Brown’s Dubious Math on Population Control

Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Populations at The Rockefeller University and Professor of Populations at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, is an eminent mathematical biologist who, as his titles suggest, is a leading expert in demographics. … Continue reading

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