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Jane Austen: 1775-1817

June 12, 2017

Jane Austen:  1775-1817

Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817, at the age of 41. We invite you to post a tribute in the Memorial Book in celebration of her life and work and in commemoration of the bicentenary of her death.

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  • AUDREY Horbett 19/11/2017 4:38pm (4 days ago)

    You are part of my daily life. Thank you.

  • Karen Marie 19/11/2017 4:10pm (4 days ago)

    My Dearest Jane,
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my truest companion through the happiest of my days and the saddest of my moments.
    Lizzie, Elinor, Darcy and Wentworth have guided me from my teenage days through University and now into middle age. They have given me sound advice on relationships and love.
    Your books have travelled many miles in backpacks, purses, boxes and suitcases with me. They have rested on many different shelves and night-tables. The pages have become worn and now your words appear on tablets and phones. So I can keep them close.
    "But when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."- J.A. from Persuasion.

  • Arletta Cortright 18/11/2017 8:00pm (5 days ago)

    Thank you for your wonderful books. They have enriched my life in more ways than I can say. I am so grateful for your brilliant work. It continues to endure, and will be with us forever.

  • Joy Prevost 18/11/2017 7:19am (5 days ago)

    Your genius lives on forever.

  • Mo 17/11/2017 11:47am (6 days ago)

    Thank you for all your wonderful stories. Your books are my best friends.

  • Theresa Malek 08/11/2017 8:44am (15 days ago)

    Thank you for the wonderful stories that have filled my life with such great joy throughout my life. Each time I open one of your books or view a filmed is like being reunited with an old friend.

  • Elaine W 03/11/2017 8:43pm (20 days ago)

    Thank you for creating Elizabeth Bennet who was the role model for my 12 year old self. Elizabeth is self-assured, cares more about what's right than what others think and learns from her mistakes. She's also able to forgive herself for making them. Elizabeth is an old friend who I like to visit at least once a year and who can always cheer me up.

  • Pamela 30/10/2017 1:09am (25 days ago)

    Well done, Jane!

  • Stephanie 21/10/2017 3:54pm (33 days ago)

    Oh, Jane, unlike so many of your other devotees, I did not have the pleasure of reading you when I was a teenager. I did not discover you until I was out of college and trying to make my way in the world as an adult. But even so, you hit me like a ton of bricks. How could anyone who lived so long ago understand modern people so well?
    It has now been almost 40 years since the day I first borrowed my roommate's copy of Pride and Prejudice, and I still reread it regularly, and every single time I find something new, some more evidence of your genius. The same thing happens with all of your other novels, even the ones I didn't like so much when I first read them: upon rereading I find more and more that I missed during previous readings, and your sly wit asserting itself in subtle ways. I have even learned to like Fanny Price a little!
    Thank you for overcoming all of the obstacles that could have kept you from writing and continuing to write, and thank you for creating so many memorable characters who will live forever in the hearts and minds of readers like me.
    You are loved.

  • Elizabeth Jane Timms 16/10/2017 9:26am (38 days ago)

    Your work has been a 'red thread' through my life, since first reading 'Sense and Sensibility' at the age of eleven when my school set me the challenge of reading an adult novel of my choice. Thank you for enriching the world and sharing with the world, the world as you saw it. Your work has been a source of inspiration to me as it has been to countless others. Thank you for creating such unforgettable characters, which will be discovered by future generations as they have by each generation up to now. Your work encouraged me to write. Thank you, Jane!

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