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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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  • Lisa Marie Bruno 18/07/2017 2:31pm (33 days ago)

    My dearest Jane,
    You and I would have been such wonderful companions, as both of us write of love and romance and yet choose to remain solitary in our own lives. I have given this matter many arduous hours of thought over these past five and twenty years since I first became introduced to your writings. I speculated as to why this is such a reality. Then, after pondering many conclusions, I believe I have found the answer. I do believe that you and I create men that do not exist and therefore choose to remain single, you know my friend… “Stronger alone.”
    I know that any addition of a gentleman caller in my life would hinder my creative visions and I would not be able to create the men that we write about so effectively.
    So yes dearest Jane, I do believe we would have laughed, cried and cultivated a fine friendship you and I and as to quote you my dearest friend, “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
    Your twenty-first century friend,
    Lisa Marie

  • Raymond Oliver 18/07/2017 2:14pm (33 days ago)

    Thinking About Jane Austen

    I wasn’t then. But since that past
    And I, however glassed
    Off, are in touch, by what sublime
    Agent do flesh and time
    Turn so ethereal, so concrete,
    That through the years we meet?

    Her words, by which the figurative --
    “As if alive” -- does live;
    As if the glass, as sheer as air,
    Became in truth not there.

    from "In Honor of Jane Austen, 2017"
    Raymond Oliver

  • Kandie Carle 18/07/2017 2:04pm (33 days ago)

    Your humor, your savvy and your quintessential storytelling will never be matched. Others have tried, but there is only one Jane Austen. Your intelligence, your style and your love of music & dance, have all made a fan out of an otherwise peripheral lurker .....my husband. You are so much more than chic-lit. You are 200 years young. And 200 years from now, when they are still commemorating (and lamenting) your passing, I believe many of the words shared here will resonate. Thank you Miss Austen, JA, for enriching our lives, and the lives of so many others, for more than 200 years. We raise a glass in cheer to you!

  • Nancy van Deusen 18/07/2017 1:58pm (33 days ago)

    I have always loved her work. What a treasure she was.

  • Deanna Parsi 18/07/2017 1:57pm (33 days ago)

    From a 1905 book review: "...we, on the other hand, bow down to Mrs. Jennings as one of the few persons in fiction whom it is equally delightful to have met on paper and not to have met in the flesh."
    Thank you, Miss Austen, for Mrs. Jennings. And Mr. Collins, Mrs. Elton, Mrs. Norris and all of your characters that run so true to life, and to the ridiculous.
    "For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”

  • Mary Mintz 18/07/2017 1:45pm (33 days ago)

    My deep appreciation for Jane Austen's life and work extends to the organization that sponsors this memorial book. The Jane Austen Society of North America has enabled many like-minded people from many different backgrounds to form deep lifelong friendships while enhancing their knowledge of her life, works, and the history of the Regency period. Thank you, Jane, and JASNA.

  • Patti Oldham Pinkley 18/07/2017 1:21pm (33 days ago)

    Thank you for the adventures I have had, the friends I have made and my Mr. Darcy, all influenced by my life long love of your writings.

  • Elspeth Flood 18/07/2017 12:58pm (33 days ago)

    How sad you didn't live to write more books and to enjoy the fruits of your labour. How happy that you gave us the six novels that you did.

  • Elizabeth Pickens 18/07/2017 12:37pm (33 days ago)

    Oh Jane! I remember being 13. Pride and Prejudice was on Masterpiece Theatre and I so wanted to be part of the wittiness and Regency period. A simple but elegant edition of Pride and Prejudice sat on my parents' bookshelves in the living room. I determined I would read it. And it did take determination. I sat w a pencil and circled all the unfamiliar words to look up at the end of the chapter! It's where I learned the true meaning of the word " condescend" as Jane's characters were always condescending to others! I thrilled at the moments Darcy asked Elizabeth to dance, paralleling the ballrooms and parlors of her time with the gymnasiums and jr high dances of mine. My first reading might have been a more superficial one but in subsequent readings I came to fully appreciate her plots, characterizations, and commentary on the patriarchal society of her times. She was of course my choice for my AP English senior author paper. I only got a B plus too(from the hardest English teacher I ever had-D____ P______). But it didn't diminish Jane in my eyes and I learned a lot about why Mrs. Bennett really wasn't so silly for wanting her daughters to marry well. It was the equivalent in today's society of getting into a good college. When I had announced that I wanted to read p and p in 8th grade the English teacher inquired of the local high school English teacher for resources. She said she didn't teach Jane because she was "dry and dated". I have always had an issue with this as I see so many parallels between her characters and situations and today's world as I have already mentioned. She may have died 200 years ago this very day but Jane Austen is alive and well in the 21st century! Live on, Jane!!!

  • Maria c Ducca 18/07/2017 12:37pm (33 days ago)

    Throughout my life Jane Austen novels have been a constant companion how wonderful! Thank you for your genius

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