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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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  • Michele Larrow 18/07/2017 7:00pm (32 days ago)

    I love to read both the novels and the criticism, including Persuasions, both online and in print. Re-reading the novels helps me feel calm and soothed. When I went through eight rounds of chemotherapy several years ago, I started one of the novels on my Kindle while getting chemo and would finish it as my body recovered. I think one of the best things you can say about someone is they make chemo more tolerable--Jane you helped me get through it.

  • Connie Roias Farrell 18/07/2017 6:39pm (32 days ago)

    Jane Austen, your novels have given me comfort and pleasure these many years and I look forward to their company in the years to come.
    "Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
    Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
    And, while the stones of Winchester - or Milsom Street - remain,
    Glory, Love, and Honour unto England's Jane!"
    from "Jane's Marriage" - a poem by Rudyard Kipling

  • Marie Miesel 18/07/2017 6:34pm (32 days ago)

    Reading Jane is like settling down for a good coze on the sofa with a dear friend. Comfortable, humorous, thoughtful and most of all loved.

  • Cel Franklin 18/07/2017 6:28pm (33 days ago)

    Wit, wisdom and language that keeps me reading again and again, Jane Austen is an author for the ages.

  • Perri Kapp 18/07/2017 6:25pm (33 days ago)

    Like so many others, I have found in your books not only delight, but also a friend. A friend who penned the words that made me feel as though the world has a little more order and delicacy than it may actually have. I sink into your created universe with such pleasure. I read a subtle feminism between the lines. I celebrate your beautiful achievements page by page and word by word. Dear Jane, you are so loved, even 200 years after you left this realm.

  • Gail Lin Walls 18/07/2017 6:12pm (33 days ago)

    The only words I have are, "thank you."

  • Chris Clark 18/07/2017 5:53pm (33 days ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Without you I would have no life! Without you I would not be half way to achieving my dream of a PhD in English Literature. Without you I would never have traveled to Europe. Please don't be dead - we need to talk!

  • Terezinha Hubener 18/07/2017 5:38pm (33 days ago)

    Thank you for your six great books, your letters and the juvenilia you wrote as an entertainment to your family. Very sad that you left us so soon without realizing how much you were loved in so many countries, and continue to be loved after 200 years.
    You are and always will be an inspiration.

  • Anne Kavanagh Beachey 18/07/2017 5:29pm (33 days ago)

    Only six novels but they were the best ever written!
    Thank you, Jane.

  • Jackie Mijares 18/07/2017 5:26pm (33 days ago)

    When people ask me why I read Jane Austen, I reply, "because she makes me laugh." I have been sitting in front of the computer screen for the last 20 or 30 minutes thinking of all the ways Jane Austen has affected my reading, my academic career, my friendships, and my life. Her comic genius is timeless, and her characters are so nuanced and rounded, even the minor ones, that it is easy to imagine them all living real lives outside the boundaries of her fiction. I am not the first to say it today, but I want to especially thank you, Jane, for creating wonderful Mrs. Jennings!

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