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Writer Charlotte Brontë celebrated in latest ‘Google Doodle’

Writer’s 198th birthday marked by special web illustration

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The life of English writer Charlotte Brontë is today celebrated by internet giant Google in its latest online ‘Doodle’.

The author of Jane Eyre and Villette was born 198 years ago in Yorkshire – closer to the age of lithography than the web.

But the world’s most valuable web company has chosen to turn back the clock to the print age in celebrating the 21 April, 1816 birth of Brontë.

The author was the third of six children, and of a literary family. Her younger sister Emily wrote Wuthering Heights.

One of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous works is Jane Eyre, which was published in 1847 under the under the pseudonym Currer Bell.

Google often launches artistic makeovers of its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates.

Last week the logo was transformed to mark the 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes, who was also known as Ibn Rushd.

Google Doodles have centered on topics as diverse as Saudi Arabia’s National Day, late Algerian singer Warda Al Jazairia, and what was interpreted as a criticism of a Russian law restricting gay-rights activities.