Manly P. Hall Reveals the Truth Behind Dan Brown’s Fiction
Dan Brown’s newest novel, The Lost Symbol, is set in the world of secret societies and Freemasonry. His novel opens with a quotation from Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings Of All Ages (Tarcher Books). Elsewhere in his novel he references several other Tarcher titles including The Kybalion and Hermetica. Tarcher publisher Joel Fotinos said, “Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol could essentially be subtitled ‘A Tarcher Reader.’ ”
When Brown released his 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code, his fans wanted to learn the facts behind his fiction and turned to nonfiction books like Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent. Fans looking for the true history of Freemasonry, lost symbols and secret orders will turn to The Lost Keys of Freemasonry and The Secret Destiny of America, and The Secret Teachings of All Ages, all by leading occult scholar Manly P. Hall.
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“Much of what we know about esoteric Masonry today comes from Hall’s work, and his writing has influenced most of what has been published on the topic in recent years,” said Tarcher/Penguin editor-in-chief Mitch Horowitz.
The works collected in The Lost Keys of Freemasonry are some of the most reliable, well-sourced works ever written on the inner philosophy and esoteric symbols of the brotherhood. Likewise, The Secret Destiny of America is a go-to for anyone who wants to learn more about the hidden history and mysterious Great Plan at the core of the nation’s founding. Hall was an honorary 33 degree Mason—the highest rank Freemasonry can bestow—and set the standard for every work that has followed on the topic.
For more background on Freemasonry, famous Freemasons, Freemasonic symbols and Manly P. Hall’s works, view the following Tarcher Talks videos:
Freemasonry Part 4 Discussion on Manly P. Hall (8:02)-
All six Tarcher Talks videos on Freemasonry can be viewed here.