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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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  • Miss Price Jul 17, 2017, 5:12 PM (2 years ago)

    In a time when dystopian novels and intentionally depressing books are popular, thank you, Jane, for giving us the words "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as quickly as I can..." I couldn't agree more. It's good to have the sentiment expressed so well. As well as numerous other sentiments:
    A party that is "too numerous for intimacy, too small for variety." (Persuasion)
    "...sore-footed and fatigued, restless and agitated, yet feeling, in spite of everything, that a ball was indeed delightful." (MP)
    "Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others." (S&S)
    And of course, Henry Tilney's incomparable treatise on the word "nice!"
    Thank you, Jane, for showing us how the English language ought to be employed.

  • Virlana Shchuka Jul 17, 2017, 4:52 PM (2 years ago)

    My prayers and my love to you, Jane. The closest to Heaven I ever felt, and the most ethereal experience, was during the course of my study of Pride and Prejudice in my undergraduate years. Thank you for teaching me all that you did, and especially for teaching me the importance of reading the world with a fresh pair of eyes and a compassionate heart. You are a gem that no words can adequately describe!

  • Kathleen Clarke-Anderson Jul 17, 2017, 4:40 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the many hours of happiness and tranquility you have given me while reading your books. I love them so.
    "I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal."

  • Rebecca Sander Jul 17, 2017, 3:42 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you Miss Austen for enriching my life and the world.
    Rebecca Sanders
    Topeka, Kansas

  • Cheryl Ernst Jul 17, 2017, 12:17 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for elegance of language that succinctly skewers pomposity of speech:
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.” Northanger Abbey

  • Else Tennessen Jul 17, 2017, 10:42 AM (2 years 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 Jul 17, 2017, 8:59 AM (2 years 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 Jul 17, 2017, 7:13 AM (2 years 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 Jul 17, 2017, 3:39 AM (2 years 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 Jul 16, 2017, 10:23 PM (2 years 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.

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