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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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  • Mary Philliips Jul 18, 2017, 11:26 AM (2 years ago)

    The way in which Jane Austen conveyed the flaws in human nature was/is simply remarkable...and as relevant as ever.

  • Keiko Parker Jul 18, 2017, 11:10 AM (2 years ago)

    Jane, you have been an added pleasure when I am happy, and a stalwart support when I was sad. You sustained me mentally and spiritually for 60 years. I thank God for giving you to us.

  • Suzan Lauder Jul 18, 2017, 11:04 AM (2 years ago)

    Dear Jane Austen. You saved my life. You understand so I don't have to explain. Thank you so much. All my best love, SL

  • Meghan Jul 18, 2017, 11:01 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your many stories that have helped me through many many hard times.

  • Judi Francis Jul 18, 2017, 10:40 AM (2 years ago)

    Long remembered, always missed. Rest in peace, fairest of maidens and strongest of heart and intellect.

  • MissJessieSteele94 Jul 18, 2017, 10:14 AM (2 years ago)

    I started out scoffing you, Jane.
    I didn't give you a chance until last April, the spring before my senior year of college. I read pride and prejudice and everything changed.
    I got into your works and I read about YOU. your radical feminism disguised as a mild comedy of love and manners.
    I am sorry you did not live to see the beloved nature of your books come to fruition and to see them become adored by people all over the globe- the writings of a girl from Bath is currently being enjoyed by a girl from Memphis TN.
    That's a beautiful thing.
    Rest easy Jane. Proud to love your characters, your works and your legacy.

  • Melanie Rachel Jul 18, 2017, 10:13 AM (2 years ago)

    Jane Austen was not only a brilliant social critic and wonderful writer, she was a beloved member of the Austen family, which was much bereaved by her loss. It's important to remember the woman as well as the author.
    It's difficult to believe she packed so much life and accomplishment into 41 years, particularly given the constraints of the society in which she lived. The woman who wrote stories that have delighted us all with their insight into human love and human folly deserves such a memorial. Thank you, Jane.

  • Susan E. Jones Jul 18, 2017, 10:08 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you, Miss Austen, for all that you have given our world. For me, particularly, your wit and your wisdom illuminate my days, giving me solace in dreary hours and joy in the best of times. Your words and your reputation are immortal, and you have blessed us all.

  • Samantha Pierson Jul 18, 2017, 10:08 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for bringing so much joy to my life, my mother's life, and everyone else with equally fine taste in literature. You live on to this day immortalized in the rapturous language and beautiful arrangements of words in your novels.

  • J Tackitt Jul 18, 2017, 10:03 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for your wonderful books that are a joy to read and re-read. Did you know your books actually change as time passes? Or maybe that's me. Somehow I've managed to meet in my modern life characters from your novels--weird, right? I've actually worked with a few Mrs. Bennets and Lady Catherines. Unfortunately, I have yet to work with a Mr. Darcy, but I did manage to marry a lovely Captain Wentworth.

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