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About the Author: Dan Brown '86

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Dan Brown    

Current Home
Seacoast of NH

Place of Birth
Exeter, NH

Phillips Exeter Academy, Amherst College

Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
Amherst’s small size, rural setting, and superb academic reputation reminded me a lot of Philips Exeter, which I loved. I looked at a lot of larger universities, but as soon as I visited Amherst, I knew it was where I wanted to go, and I applied early decision.

Favorite (most memorable or most influential) class at Amherst
My creative writing class with visiting professor, Alan Lelchuk.

Favorite (most memorable or most influential) professor
Alan Lelchuk

Research Interests?
art history, symbols, religion

Tip for writers
Choose a topic about which you are deeply passionate, and learn everything you can about it before you begin writing. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

Favorite Book(s) and Author(s)
See "By the Book"