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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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  • Clara Browda 19/07/2017 9:42pm (5 months ago)

    Jane Austen was an elegant writer. With a wonderful ability to use the language well. Although she lived 200 years ago she wrote about us. I'm sure we have all met a Charlotte or a Lady Catherine or a Mr. Collins. We are lucky to have her 6 novels and of course we wish there were more. Thank you Miss Austen,
    Clara Browda

  • Veronica 19/07/2017 8:37pm (5 months ago)

    We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing.
    -- Pride & Prejudice

  • Jessica Joseph 19/07/2017 2:49pm (5 months ago)

    At critical times of my life, I often turn to you Jane, for the beauty of your writing, for your humor and for your insights.
    May your memory be a blessing

  • Chris Staib 19/07/2017 1:55pm (5 months ago)

    First, I wish you could have lived longer, I so enjoy your wit, and ability to put me in your time. Thank you for opening the door for future generations to the world you occupied. I love your language and your characters.

  • Beth Prouty 19/07/2017 12:45pm (5 months ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, I discovered you when I was 17 and read "Pride and Prejudice" during the summer. I had a lonely adolescence since I grew up on a farm, and you became a dear companion and friend and have been with me ever since.

  • Rissi Cherie 19/07/2017 12:30pm (5 months ago)

    Miss Austen, you are a writer who makes your readers proud to know you. I am devoted to your literary output. Thank you for your persuasive writing, your sense and sensibility, and your wit. I hold you in great esteem.

  • Amanda Murray 19/07/2017 8:57am (5 months ago)

    A dear friend departed
    To fresh shores uncharted.
    This earth did divest,
    leaving thy pen at rest.

    Desperate for more,
    The lack makes me poor.
    My loss felt anew;
    For six was too few.

    Thy wisdom and wit
    Are my ideal fit.
    Oh Jane, the celebrated,
    You my pen have animated!

  • Michele Simoneau 19/07/2017 7:19am (5 months ago)

    To honor this great author, earlier this year I read the complete works of Jane Austen. This includes the six novels, the short epistolary novel, the two unfinished novels and the biography written by her nephew. I also watched every movie and tv adaptation of the novels that I could get my hands on. Who knows how many more novels Jane would have written if she hadn't died so young. What would she have thought to know how popular her novels are 200 years later. Thank you Jane Austen for giving me so many hours of reading pleasure.

  • Monica Van Bussum 19/07/2017 5:51am (5 months ago)

    To Jane, my friend, my sister (the wittier, prettier one) - thank you.

  • Judy Chernick 19/07/2017 5:36am (5 months ago)

    Jane Austen has been a joy in my retirement - not only the wonderful novels, but also the companionship of Janeites and learning about personal life and European history in Jane Austen's time.

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