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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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  • Christine Hiller 18/07/2017 5:10am (5 months ago)

    Dear (if I may be so bold) Miss Jane, permit me to extend to you heartfelt birthday wishes. Your novels and poems have provided many, many hours of reading pleasure to a multitude of people all over the world - thank you for your unestimable gifts!
    I remain, Miss Jane, your devoted reader...

  • Jenn Bennie 18/07/2017 4:55am (5 months ago)

    Thank you Ms Austen. You showed me feminism has everything to do with knowing what one wants and not what one is told to want. :) and a woman's wit is her most attractive asset.

  • Brenda Howell 18/07/2017 4:38am (5 months ago)

    From Rudyard Kipling's The Janites.
    Jane? Why, she was a little old maid ’oo’d written ’alf a dozen books about a hundred years ago. ’Twasn’t as if there was anythin’ to ’em, either. I know. I had to read ’em. They weren’t adventurous, nor smutty, nor what you’d call even interestin’—all about girls o’ seventeen (they begun young then, I tell you), not certain ’oom they’d like to marry; an’ their dances an’ card-parties an’ picnics, and their young blokes goin’ off to London on ’orseback for ’air-cuts an’ shaves.
    …[I]t’s a very select Society, an’ you’ve got to be a Janeite in your ’eart, or you won’t have any success. An’ yet he made me a Janeite! I read all her six books now for pleasure ’tween times in the shop; an’ it brings it all back—down to the smell of the glue-paint on the screens. You take it from me, Brethren, there’s no one to touch Jane when you’re in a tight place. Gawd bless ’er, whoever she was.

  • Darla 18/07/2017 4:20am (5 months ago)

    Dear Jane, your novels are my refuge, my happy place. I've been privileged to visit Chawton and am ever so grateful that your brother settled you comfortably there because your works of art might not exist otherwise.
    I've also visited your grave. Your remains may be in Winchester but your spirit, intellect, wit, and talent are forever alive and adored. Thank you.

  • MariaJayne 18/07/2017 4:02am (5 months ago)

    So enchanted and grateful for the unique combination of the two sides of our Jane.
    Duplicitous she was not- in fact, Austen's straight-forward, almost brutal expressions of mockery and criticism are one of the reasons we love her so much today.
    But the combination of feminine charm.... of comfortable, ordinary familiarity...with the will to deny intrusion and unashamedly defy expectation are utterly priceless.
    Resting in peace would probably have become old really fast for Jane- so my wish for her is an afterlife with an endless supply of paper & fabulous ribbons, and no chores to get in the way.
    Or maybe that is my idea of heaven...for me

  • Mary Narkiewicz 18/07/2017 4:00am (5 months ago)

    Thinking of you on this day, Jane. You have enriched my life.. and I am proud to share your earthly birthday date, Dec. 16th!! The circle of life.

  • Lisa Lintner Valenzuela 18/07/2017 3:58am (5 months ago)

    Thank you for offering a glimpse into the lives of ladies and gentlemen of Regency England. Eventhough you left a legacy that easily fits inside a bookbag, we ardently admire the treasure you gave us.

  • Reshma Mohan 18/07/2017 3:56am (5 months ago)

    Ms. Austen is one of my inspirations. Her wisdom and wit keeps me going and constantly reminds me why I am the luckiest woman alive to study literature and to have the opportunity to bask in the glory of being a Janite; on an academic and pleasure-reading standpoint.

  • Ida Sonberg 18/07/2017 3:52am (5 months ago)

    Jane Austen came into my life when I was 15, she taught me to love classic literature. To be passionate, to be yourself and stand true to your beliefs.
    She made me love the English language, made me improve it, as a non native speaker (being Danish) I always opted to the translated editions. But her work made me do the extra efford to challenge myself and better myself.
    Jane helped me in a dark time in my life, and to this day I find solace and comfort in her writing.
    So on this day of sadness I find comfort in the embrace of her characters, to find strength in Elinor, to stand fast like Elisabeth and to be curious like Cathrine.
    All my deepest love

  • Mary Flannery 18/07/2017 3:25am (5 months ago)

    Thank you for the Joy, Jane. I always have one of your books on my bedside table. Every night I escape into your world for a time. I even keep a copy of Pride & Prejudice in my Emergency Kit. God forbid I will ever have to bide under the kitchen table for three days awaiting rescue after a severe Earthquake, but I would have water and crackers - and the Bennett sisters to keep me company. Rest in Peace!

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