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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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  • Marie Miesel 18/07/2017 6:34pm (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)

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

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

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

  • Jackie Mijares 18/07/2017 5:26pm (5 months 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!

  • Sylvia Hom 18/07/2017 5:01pm (5 months ago)

    My Dearest Jane,
    How I wish that you could experience the success and adulation that your writing has garnered in the last 200 years. You continue to delight and inspire us through the wit, humor and wisdom in your six wonderful novels. Your heroines and heroes are, of course, our favorites. But for me, the brilliant supporting characters, including Mr Collins, Miss Bates and Mr & Mrs Bennet give me such great pleasure and hearty laughter at their follies and foibles. Thank you for so many hours of pure enjoyment, insight into and appreciation for the human condition.
    And most of all, thank you for being the inspiration for the best community of people, Janeites, all over the world. When we get together, we experience the best society, the cleverest conversation and the most divine fun and frivolity. My Janeite friends are my posse, my support and the most beloved community.
    Yours faithfully,
    Sylvia Hom

  • Jan Lewis 18/07/2017 4:52pm (5 months ago)

    200 years (since you departed this world)
    Millions of tears (shed over a brilliance too soon extinguished)
    Immeasurable joy (for those who revere your wit and wisdom)
    Like no other, Jane endures and transcends time.

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