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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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  • Chelsea Starke 15/07/2017 8:32pm (35 days ago)

    Thank you, Dearest Jane, for all the laughs, tears, and romantic inclinations you have given me through the years. I owe you so much more than words can possibly convey.
    Much love,

  • J. Frow 15/07/2017 6:44pm (35 days ago)

    To quote Jane's immortal words:
    "But for my own part, if a book is well-written I always find it too short."
    Thank you for many hours of pleasure and for teaching me how to find joy in the routine, everyday things each of us do in our busy lives!
    A couple of favourite quotes from Emma (also my daughter's name), which resonate to this day:
    "Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief......"
    "One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."

  • Deb Mariacher 15/07/2017 6:28pm (36 days ago)

    Thank you for sharing your genius, not only with your family and friends, but with the reading public - and ultimately with the world- with me 200 years later.! Your legacy lives on through Elizabeth, Emma, Ann, Elinor and Marianne, Catherine, and Fanny. Your books, your own darling child, help me find my way in our chaotic world.

  • Claudia Dantoin 15/07/2017 6:20pm (36 days ago)

    You inspired me to be a book collector and to cherish the written word. Re-reading Persuasion recently, I realized that I finally understand what regret feels like because Anne so perfectly expresses it for me. Thank you.

  • Lilyane Soltz 15/07/2017 3:11pm (36 days ago)

    This Janeite came late to Austen, and I regret the years I've missed. Thank you, Jane, for your remarkable insight into our behavior and our relationships with one another. Your understanding of the human heart is extraordinary - thank you for changing my life.

  • Glenna James 12/07/2017 9:05am (39 days ago)

    Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for speaking to my soul and showing me a world that is fill out love and light.

  • Nancy Gardner 10/07/2017 1:16pm (41 days ago)

    Thank you for changing my life with your words, your characters and your stories. Your novels enriched my life.

  • Teresa Broderick 10/07/2017 12:39pm (41 days ago)

    Thank you Jane for just being. You've enriched my life and saved it with your writings when I was at my lowest ebb.

  • Michelle Correia 10/07/2017 11:23am (41 days ago)

    Mahalo nui loa Jane for your contribution to literature. Your pen strokes are still evident in modern literature 200 years later.
    Thank you for giving the world Lizzy and Darcy, Emma and Knightly. Anne and Wentworth whose stories I love to escape into when my real life gets hectic.

  • Sherry Korpi 10/07/2017 7:30am (41 days ago)

    So many things that have changed in the world in 20p years, but some things remain the same. She was a genius of her time and paved the way for other women to be heard. We are still trying, but will work harder in the future, as a tribute to her example. Thank you Jane, for showing the rest of us who were also not as marriagable, that there was hope, and we could eventually be married to men who appreciated us beyond our looks and lack of fortune.

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