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November 13, 2010

Google doodle celebrates 160th birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson

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by Darren Allan

There’s an ever increasing flow from the virtual nibs of the Google doodle artists – there’s pretty much one every week now – and the latest sketch celebrates another famous author’s birthday.

Robert Louis Stevenson would have been 160 today if he was still alive, and Google’s doodle shows off a treasure map, in a reference to his most famous work, Treasure Island.

A pirate, complete with parrot (and possibly scurvy) represents the G of the logo, and the ending E is formed by an open treasure chest. It’s one of the slightly harder to see versions of the search engine’s doodled logo, but effective nonetheless.

Stevenson lived until he was 44, so unfortunately didn’t quite make the twentieth century. He is apparently one of the most translated authors in the world, and along with Treasure Island, also wrote the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

It was a month ago when Google last celebrated an author via a doodle. In that case it was Oscar Wilde’s 156th, which was commemorated by a spooky black and white homage to Dorian Gray.

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