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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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  • Susan Dill Jul 18, 2017, 7:04 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you Miss Jane Austen for all the hours of reading pleasure you have given me. Your characters have given me insight into the characters in my own life.

  • Candis Polkinghorn Jul 18, 2017, 6:58 AM (2 years ago)

    I am but a novice in a Jane Austen Book Club with a very learned group. I have rediscovered her works through new understanding thanks to our great discussions. My favorite part of her works are the subtle way she takes political stands on issues through her novels in an era when. women had few rights let alone given any voice in social standings. Perhaps the greatest mind in literature!

  • Elaine Bander Jul 18, 2017, 6:53 AM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your words, which have delighted and shaped my life.

  • Lorna Green Jul 18, 2017, 6:48 AM (2 years ago)

    To dear Jane who has provided untold pleasure, laughter, and joy to countless people the world over. I treasure the memory of spending time in the small home in Winchester where you spent your last days. I could almost feel your spirit lingering there. But, most of all, I treasure your writings. Rest in peace, dear Jane.

  • Jan Parker Gidman Jul 18, 2017, 6:41 AM (2 years ago)

    So unfair to have lost you at just 41
    Your incredible, insightful , witty writing
    Just whispers of all that might have been.

    An inestimable life, well lived. xx

  • Melinda Erickson Jul 18, 2017, 6:36 AM (2 years ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Thank you for making comedy look easy, and all the resulting laughter. When I think of you I remember, "She had a lively playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous." I have delighted in your writing since I was fourteen, and first started reading your books.
    Gratefully yours.

  • Laurie Cawley Jul 18, 2017, 6:20 AM (2 years ago)

    It's quite simple, really: Whatever would we have done without Jane Austen?
    Thank you, Jane!
    Thank you for Catherine, Elinor + Marianne, Elizabeth, Fanny, Emma, and Anne (but mostly Anne!).
    Rest In Peace, knowing you made a difference to so many.

  • MARY HELEN ADAMS Jul 18, 2017, 6:19 AM (2 years 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 Jul 18, 2017, 6:19 AM (2 years 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 Jul 18, 2017, 5:58 AM (2 years 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.

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