Richard Leigh (author)

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Richard Leigh (author)

Novelist and short story writer born in New Jersey, USA to a British father and an American mother, who spent most of his life in the UK. Leigh earned a BA from Tufts University, a Master's degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook add

Category: Literature

Born in 1943.

Countries: United Kingdom (38%), United States (25%), New Zealand (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Michael Baigent, Dan Brown, Random House

Linked to: Tufts University, University of Chicago, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook University

 

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Richard Leigh was born in 1943 add something


1970

Leigh met his frequent co-author Michael Baigent while living in the United Kingdom in the 1970s add something


1975

Leigh subsequently met the writer and British television scriptwriter Henry Lincoln in 1975, whilst lecturing on aspects of literature at a summer school in England add something


1976

Michael Baigent - In 1976, Baigent moved to England, where he met Richard Leigh, the man who was to be his roommate and frequent co-author


1980

"The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" achieved enormous commercial success and has been described as "one of the most controversial books of the 1980s" add something


1982

This hypothesis created the story line for their 1982 book, "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" add something


1991

In 1991 Leigh published "The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception", co-authored with Baigent add something


2006

In March 2006, Baigent and Leigh filed suit in a British court against Brown's publisher, Random House, claiming copyright infringement add something

 

Dan Brown - In April 2006, Brown won a copyright infringement case brought by authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who claimed that Brown stole ideas from their 1982 book Holy Blood Holy Grail for his 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code.

 

Michael Baigent - On 7 April 2006, High Court judge Peter Smith rejected the copyright-infringement claim by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, and Dan Brown won the court case


Richard Leigh died in 2007 add something

 

On 28 March 2007, Baigent and Leigh lost their appeal, and were faced with legal bills of about 3 million pounds add something

 

Leigh died on 21 November 2007 in London from causes related to a heart condition add something