Google Doodle: History of Robert Louis Stevenson

Have you visited Google yet? If you have then you will have seen the new Google Doodle, this is a dedication to Robert Louis Stevenson. The Scottish novelist, writer and poet known best for his books like Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Kidnapped.

Previous Google Doodles have been most recently the 115th Anniversary of the X-ray, Oscar Wilde and my personal favourite Halloween which brought in Scooby Doo. The Google Doodles I think are brilliant, Google is such a simple website but the way that they change their logo be it as a mark of respect or just for fun helps to spice up the overall look.

So if you want to see the Doodle then head over to Google, or if you want to learn a bit more about the history of Robert Louis Stevenson then head over to Wikipedia on this link. When you reach Wikipedia, you can read about his childhood, university studies, his early writing and travels the politics and even his marriage.

In his own time Robert was deemed as a celebrity after the rise of modern literature following WW1. Eventually, he was condemned by Viginia Woolf who was Robert’s mentor’s daughter. Robert was then excluded from the Canon of Literature taught in schools. Read on over at Wikipedia for all sorts of interesting facts about Robert Louis Stevenson.

What was your favourite novel by Robert or are you more into his poetry? Let us know in the comments below.

  • levpsy

    treasure island ftw! while I was reading it for the first time one of my new co-workers was a modern copy of barbeque, one-legged and all. lol. and yes, the name is a spoof.

  • Nivethika

    I agree, Treasure Island is full of thrills. I read it during my II year of graduation. OMG, I could not stop for the next thrill. BTW, Strange case of Dr. Jerkyll and Hyde is also interesting. I'd read only the first few pages. Yet to continue.

  • diana

    for some reason Kidnapped is the favourite. Even I don't know why I like it or why I can read it any number of times!!

  • Joe Weber

    Treasure Island is soo great, What a great story! Oh and now I want kids to be able to read it more. And since it's Robert Louis Stevenson's Birthday I was fortunate enough to launch my hope for my kids to be able to read more: the first ever 3D Audiobook (an iPad and iPhone app). To create Treasure Island I got to really embrace the book because we were able to restore images from antique copies of Treasure Island with permission from the University of MN Children’s Literature Archives. I don't know if I'll get my kids to play authors, but the images are now viewed through a completely modern 3D Pop-up that they can control, and I hope it along with the amazing writting of Robert Louis Stevenson will get them engaged. You can see the app here:

  • Elizabeth

    For me, two of his short stories/novelas stand out – "The Body Snatcher" and "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". It's a pity that none of the TV or film adaptations of "Jekyll & Hyde" have remained faithful to the original, which was written as a kind of a mystery with the reader not finding out until the end what the relationship between these two characters is. "The Master of Ballantrae", despite its terrible ending, also haunts me mainly due to the mesmerising character of The Master, whom RLS described as "all I know of the devil".
    I was very, very pleased to see RLS remembered on Google yesterday as I have always considered him a much underrated author.