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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 HELEN ADAMS 18/07/2017 6:19am (5 months ago)

    I prefer to remember Jane's birth date, rather than the day of her death. My precious granddaughter shares her birthday, and I constantly remind her of that special day. Writers like Jane Austen come along infrequently, and we should all be cognizant of the special days in her too short life.

  • Janet Wells 18/07/2017 6:19am (5 months ago)

    When I meet annoying people or irritating situations, I ask myself what would Fanny Price do. Thanks, Jane, for your moral compass and for myriad hours of reading pleasure.

  • Susan Dady 18/07/2017 5:58am (5 months ago)

    Not everyone "gets" Jane Austen, but for many she has an infinite appeal, a power to captivate, and a depth of meaning. Her existence as a writer marked a quiet revolution, both societal and literary and unapparent in her day, that has been unveiled over time and underlies the continual exponentiation of her appeal. RIP Jane.

  • Rebecca Hastings 18/07/2017 5:56am (5 months ago)

    Thank you, dear Jane, for many hours of reading pleasure, and for your charming heroines, your varied heroes, your foolish vicars and especially for your wit. You have enriched my life with leaning, balls, costumes and travel. And I am remembering today standing in the peaceful room in 2003 where you died in Cassandra's arms. Thank you for sharing yourself with the world.

  • Rita Baker-Schmidt 18/07/2017 5:50am (5 months ago)

    Rest in peace Jane Austen, "A Lady".

  • Cathy Cortes 18/07/2017 5:47am (5 months ago)

    How can I say "thank you" for the pleasure that Jane Austen's words have brought me? Every time I read her words I see something new. Thanks to JASNA learning about her life and times have enriched my experience. The world is a richer place for her having been among us all too briefly.

  • Marlene Kondelik 18/07/2017 5:42am (5 months ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for the great pleasure that I have had, over a long lifetime, from reading your novels. You have also enriched my life in so many ways. I have taught two Jane Austen courses, have joined JASNA (although I have been able to attend only one conference), and have accumulated a wonderful collection of books about your. I am now reading, in your memory, the new biography by Lucy Worsley.

  • Elizabeth Webb 18/07/2017 5:37am (5 months ago)

    Without your wit, your spirit of writing I would not be enjoying Regency spirited events. Life would be so much boring and dull. Thankfully you share your talents with us two hundred years on, thank you Jane and may your rest in glory.

  • Cindy Atchison 18/07/2017 5:33am (5 months ago)

    Thank You, Dearest Jane, for your wonderful and vivid stories which have enhanced my life ten fold.
    Blessings upon you and your family.

  • Verena Rose 18/07/2017 5:31am (5 months ago)

    I was much older than most when I first read one of your amazing novels. Now I've read them all and re-read them periodically. They, are for me, a comfort read.

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