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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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  • Else Tennessen 17/07/2017 10:42am (34 days ago)

    Jane, may you rest in a place of peace and flowers. Thanks for the great works you left us here on earth--a comfort, a balm of reading to many. Your grace stays with us.

  • Mary Adams-Wiley 17/07/2017 8:59am (34 days ago)

    "Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience -- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope." Sense and Sensibility (1811). My precious friend, Lillian Burns, lead me back to the Jane Austen of Pride & Prejudice and Emma that I knew from school. My journey started with the discovery of my now favorite book, Mansfield Park, upon Lillian's suggestion. Next I visited some Austen sites in a trip to England that included participating in the Guinness World Record setting experience of parading at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. The Central Branch of the Sacramento Library system sponsored a fabulous summer of Austen lectures that eventually led to the establishment a regional JASNA organization, and several months later a Reading Group. All of the above has meant so much to me as I continue to learn and love Jane Austen.

  • Julie Byzewski 17/07/2017 7:13am (34 days ago)

    Just a brief note to say you have enriched my life immeasurably with your unforgettable characters and enthralling stories. A great fan (a modern word for enthusiast, Miss Austen).

  • Misty Krueger 17/07/2017 3:39am (34 days ago)

    I am so pleased to be at Chawton right now as I type this message. I will be in Winchester tomorrow to honor Jane. Thanks to Jane for enriching our lives with wonderful tales of family, friends, love, and personal growth.

  • Barbara Duno 16/07/2017 10:23pm (34 days ago)

    Thank you Jane for the six most wonderful novels in the English language. I only wish you had lived longer to give us more of your incredible talent. I also wish we had the letters Cassandra destroyed.

  • Deborah Coons 16/07/2017 6:07pm (35 days ago)

    I was re-introduced to Jane Austen by my college roommate Margaret who marked my 40th birthday with a copy of Pride and Prejudice and a membership in JASNA. It is almost 40 years later and I can say that Jane Austen has enriched my life beyond measure. For a number of years, Margaret and I would meet at AGMs around the country sharing our love for each other and for Jane. My two daughters and my granddaughter have welcomed Jane and all of her characters into their lives as well. Our thanks to you, Jane. We are blessed indeed.

  • Toni Sherman 16/07/2017 3:29pm (35 days ago)

    Jane has been enriching my life for many many years now. And she keeps doing so. I never tire of her wit, insights and great story telling. I have taught about her to many students, and they all end up loving her as I do. I'm sure her name will be honored and revered for generations to come. Toni Sherman

  • Vanessa 16/07/2017 3:04pm (35 days ago)

    Thank you, Miss Austen, for writing and publishing your books. I cannot imagine how difficult that was for you to do, but I am grateful you persevered. Your work is inspirational, clever, and eternal. It influences everything I read because your work is the status quo by which other writers are judged. You have been and always will be my favorite writer.

  • Mary Keefer 16/07/2017 12:12pm (35 days ago)

    Dearest Jane--you are in our hearts and minds forever, so to many of us, you are very much alive and speak so clearly to every generation. Here, in Bozeman, Montana, USA--We are having a party on Tuesday, July 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. and local Janeites are very excited to join in the celebration. We know you approve as Ann Elliot told us in Persuasion that your greatest pleasure was the company of "clever, well informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

  • Jeanne Eloff 16/07/2017 10:04am (35 days ago)

    Jane, your stories have been read and then reread many time over. Your characters are unforgettable. I search for other authors who have carried on to write further stories about Darcy and Elizabeth and many others. I just finished reading Pemberly Shades, and I think you would have enjoyed it very much. I hope you know how much your work is beloved and appreciated by so many people around the world.

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