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December 16, 2010

Google doodle celebrates Jane Austen’s 235th birthday

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by Darren Allan

The latest author to be celebrated by a Google doodle is Jane Austen, who was born on this day in 1775.

Austen wrote a number of very famous works, including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park.

The doodle is of an upper class gent and lady against a countryside backdrop, possibly Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice.

As with many great writers, Austen didn’t experience much success when she was actually alive – her novels were published anonymously, and were little reviewed – but her talent was more recognised posthumously.

Her work has recently reached a fresh (and likely younger audience) with the release last year of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a hybrid mash-up which takes the traditional tale (now in the public domain) and twists it by introducing the living dead shambling across the English countryside. It was a best-seller, and has now flogged over a million copies.

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