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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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  • Elizabeth Jane Timms 16/10/2017 9:26am (56 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!

  • Barbara Laughlin Adler 30/09/2017 7:11pm (2 months ago)

    Elizabeth refused Mr. Darcy's first proposal when I was 13 years old. I so admired her desire to make the right choice and her independent spirit. She did not need to accept the first, or second, proposal of marriage. She wanted to be sure her marriage would be one of mutual respect and affection. She would not settle for less. In her novels, Jane Austen taught me to respect myself and expect the same from others. Although my parents. my husband and my faith have had much to do with my happiness in life, I am certain a great part of my confidence and patience comes from the examples found in Austen's heroines. I learned and keep learning from them. What a joy to think she and her brilliant characters will be with me all the days of my life. I thank God Jane Austen continues to live in a very real way - both in Heaven and in the world she left behind 200 years ago.

  • Mona Brown 16/09/2017 1:57pm (3 months ago)

    The words Thank you seem insufficient yet those are the words I feel so deeply. Your words and novels have brought me such happiness and joy in my life. I feel like I am at home when I read them. I long to share a conversation with you and express so many thoughts to you. I often say that even after 200 years we are still talking about you, reading your work and living in the history you shared. That shows how incredible and amazing you were! Thank you!

  • Linda 31/08/2017 3:14am (3 months ago)

    I have found solace in your words, and return to your works whenever I am in need of comfort. Your characters still ring true today, 200 years after you created them. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world.

  • Jean T Long 30/08/2017 10:39am (3 months ago)

    Jane Austen has been an important part of my life since age 14, when first I read her "Pride and Prejudice"- My life has been enriched through reading her novels through yearly (and more often than that!), long membership in JASNA: National JASNA and JAS activites, journeys to England, serving in many capacities - but my two reading groups (Dayton, Ohio and Bay View, MI) covering over 19 years, have brought Austen into my life in a wonderful, personal way. What would we do without our Jane Austen? Or without our friends, met through JASNA and Jane Austen connections? Bless you all and LONG may this incredible genius, Jane Austen, continue to be part of our lives. Bless YOU, Jane Austen, and YOU ALL!

  • Amanda Gelber 28/08/2017 6:25pm (3 months ago)

    I can't begin to describe what your works mean to me. If only you could have gotten a glimpse of the lives you would touch.
    With much love and respect!

  • Jill Reville Hill 27/08/2017 4:06pm (4 months ago)

    I was 16 and in the hospital when my parents brought me The Collected Works of Jane Austen. I began at Sense and Sensibility and read right through to Persuasion. I believe that Jane Austen and my parents' subscription to The New Yorker formed my taste in literature forever! Thank you Jane for over 60 years of happy reading! Jill Reville Hill, Canada, 2017

  • Karen Eterovich 27/08/2017 1:06pm (4 months ago)

    Dearest Jane,
    From age 10, when I began reading your novels, to now, you have remained in my life, first as a companion while I read the novels that were not to be put aside, then as a screen writer, having many movies to your credit and finally as an acting challenge whose life holds secrets and wit and joy. "ONLY a novel?… in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language. " That is my Jane Austen!
    With profound admiration, Karen

  • Robert Gordon 07/08/2017 2:38pm (4 months ago)

    Great seer of the human heart, I thank you.

  • Marsha Huff 06/08/2017 10:12am (4 months ago)

    In his 1816 review of Emma, Walter Scott said that the unidentified author was writing a new “class of fictions.” Her subjects “are finished up to nature, and with a precision which delights the reader.” He concluded, “In this class, she stands almost alone.” Scott was announcing the birth of the modern novel and Jane Austen as its progenitor. Two hundred years later, she continues to delight readers around the world.

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