Sure, you can win prizes and inspire the lives of millions, but you really know you’ve made it as a writer when Google creates a doodle to commemorate your career. When the center of cyber space praises you, it’s safe to say you’ve brought inspiration to readers worldwide. Admittedly, it’s a more superfluous win for the literary world, but still… it’s pretty cool. Today, to honor what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, Google made a special doodle for the talented novelist.
Jacobs was renowned for her work in New York City, where she researched urban studies and urban renewal amidst the wild socio-cultural tangle of the concrete jungle. Her debut book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, frames city life as a sort of social dance, and a dance Jacobs was well immersed in herself. She remains an influential name in literature and sociology alike, and – checking our chrome browsers this morning – Google reminds us once again of her lasting influence.
Who else has made the Google Doodle ranks? Stretching all the way back to 1998 when the doodles first graced our microwave sized PC’s, the creative team has commemorated authors including Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, and numerous others.
Here’s a few of our favorites.
Pablo Neruda’s Birthday
100 Years of The Tale of Genji
Dr. Seuss’ 105th Birthday
Birthday of H.G. Wells
Mary Shelley’s 213th Birthday
Agatha Christie’s 120th Birthday
Oscar Wilde’s 156th Birthday
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 190th Birthday
Mark Twain’s 176th Birthday
Google starts getting fancy with the doodles…
161st Anniversary of Moby Dick
Which is your favorite?
All images courtesy of Google Doodles.