Charlotte Brontë Google Easter Doodle 2014


By now it is not surprisingly that Google does not have an Easter Google Doodle, over the past couple of years since Google first introduced doodles to the internet world there have only been two Easter Doodles. 2014 is no different and this Easter Google is again not having an Easter Google doodle, instead they have gone for a doodle about the life and legacy of Charlotte Brontë.

Charlotte Bronte

On the 21st April 2014 Google featured a doodle about Charlotte Brontë on their homepage on Easter Monday. Charlotte Brontë was an English Poet and world renowned novelists. Her works include the Jane Eyre Novel which she wrote under the pen name Currer Bell. Jane Eyre was first published on  the 16th of October 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England and the first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Charlotte Brontë was born on the 21st of April 1816 in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire in England. Charlotte Brontë passed away on 31 March 1855 at the age of 38 in Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire in England. Some of her Pet names included Lord Charles Albert, Florian Wellesley and Currer Bell.

Charlotte Brontë First Publication 1846

In May 1846 Charlotte, Emily and Anne self-financed the publication of a joint collection of poetry under their assumed names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The pseudonyms veiled the sisters’ gender whilst preserving their initials, thus Charlotte was “Currer Bell”. “Bell” was the middle name of Haworth’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, whom Charlotte later married. Of the decision to use noms de plume, Charlotte wrote:

Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called ‘feminine’ – we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice; we had noticed how critics sometimes use for their chastisement the weapon of personality, and for their reward, a flattery, which is not true praise.

Although only two copies of the collection of poetry were sold, the sisters continued writing for publication and began their first novels, continuing to use their noms de plume when sending manuscripts to potential publishers.

Source: Wikipedia –

Novels by

  • Jane Eyre, published 1847
  • Shirley, published in 1849
  • Villette, published in 1853
  • The Professor, published posthumously in 1857

Charlotte Brontë Easter Google Doodle

The Google Doodle showcases the Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre Novel in it’s Google Doodle today (21 April 2014). Jane Eyre centres on the title character (Mia Wasikowska) a passionate, principled young woman who has for the most part endured a lonely, loveless childhood. Jane enters adulthood educated, but plain and penniless, and with a practical grasp of her situation she takes up a governess position at remote Thornfield Hall, where she is charged with educating the young ward of Mr Edward Rochester.

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