Today's Google Doodle honors Charles Dickens on what would have been the British author's 200th birthday. The Google logo is written in a lush mahogany script, with classic Dickens characters woven throughout.

The author of such works as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, A Tale Of Two Cities and Oliver Twist, Dickens became known for crafting iconic characters, whether it be Ebenezer Scrooge or the Artful Dodger.

But Dickens' greatest character was Victorian London. Its people, its dialects, its hypocrisies and its moments of crystalline beauty: All this was woven into the fabric of every word by the celebrated writer.

Today's Feb. 7th Google Doodle embraces Charles Dickens' gift for bringing characters to life, and his belief in the beauty of the written word.

From left to right, the Dickens characters in the Google Doodle have been identified as: Sydney Carton and Dr. Manette from A Tale Of Two Cities, Little Nell from The Old Curiosity Shop, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, Pip and Estella from Great Expectations, and likely Esther Summerson and Richard Carston from Bleak House.

If users click on the Google Doodle, meanwhile, they are not brought to the search page.

Instead, the logo brings them to Google Books, where fans of the Victorian author can read most of his complete worksonline for free, including David Copperfield and Bleak House.

Celebrate Charles Dickens' birthday today by taking the time to read one of his celebrated novels. And don't forget to check out the elaborate Google Doodle for yourself!