28 August 2020 02:40
ALEXANDRE'S Dumas life is being celebrated by today's Google Doodle. Dumas is one of the most widely read French authors of all time. 2 Todays Google Doodle celebrates Alexandre Dumas Credit: Alamy Who was Alexandre Dumas? Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was born in 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts, France. He later took the name Alexandre Dumas.
As a child, Dumas was entertained with stories about his father's exploits as a general, some of which found their way into his most famous works. Many of Dumas's historical books were originally published as serials, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later. Today these works have made him one of the most popular French authors in the world, and his books have been translated into over 100 languages. His novels have also been adapted into nearly 200 films. Dumas moved to Paris in 1822 and became an accomplished playwright. He also wrote a number of magazine articles and travel books. In the 1840s, Dumas founded the Théâtre Historique in Paris. In the late 1980s, a long-lost Dumas novel was uncovered in Paris' National Library of France. Titled "Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine". The book was finally published in 2005. The English playwright Watts Phillips described Dumas as "the most generous, large-hearted being in the world. He also was the most delightfully amusing and egotistical creature on the face of the earth. His tongue was like a windmill – once set in motion, you never knew when he would stop, especially if the theme was himself." What is Alexandre Dumas's Google Doodle? Today's Doodle slideshow celebrates Alexandre Dumas. An abbreviated version of one of his most famous novels, "Le Comte de Monte Cristo" is included in today's Doodle artwork. On this day in 1884, the newspaper Les Journal des Débats published the first instalment of the novel, which appeared serially in the publication through 1846. 2 Dumas produced a number of works that continues to entertain readers around the world today Credit: Alamy What is a Google Doodle? In 1998, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin drew a stick figure behind the second "o" of Google as a message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and because of that Google Doodles were born. Google decided they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the search engine homepage. Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days. MORE ON Google Doodle BROKE THE MOULD Who was Barbara Hepworth? Doodle celebrate English abstract sculptor MASKED MATTER Today's Google Doodle encourages people to 'Wear A Mask. Save Lives' ASTRONOMICAL Who was Dilhan Eryurt? Google Doodle celebrates NASA astrophysicist STAR-CROSSED LOVERS Google Doodle celebrates annual Japanese tradition Tanabata 'PAY IT NO MIND' LGBTQ+ rights activist Marsha P Johnson celebrated by Google Doodle ACTIVIST Who was Olive Morris? Google Doodle celebrates birthday of community activist In 2020, Doodles have been created to celebrate essential workers, including teachers, transport workers and NHS staff, during the coronavirus pandemic.