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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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  • Mary Morder 18/07/2017 9:16am (33 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for sharing your talent with the world. Your books have enriched my life with joy, comfort, laughter, friends, happy memories, new insights and so much more.

  • Carole Thompson 18/07/2017 9:08am (33 days ago)

    There can be no end, without a beginning. Shed no tears for what is over. Instead, celebrate what has happened. The writings are with us - forever. We have an author to commemorate, and what a gift we have, in her work, to appreciate - and celebrate!

  • Haley Walters 18/07/2017 9:01am (33 days ago)

    "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me." Thank you Jane for turning your witty observations of Georgian English society into wonderful character-driven novels, full of love, humor, and human error that we might otherwise not be privileged to see.

  • Maria Biajoli 18/07/2017 9:00am (33 days ago)

    Last March I went to Cambridge for a conference about Sanditon and they took us to the archive of King's College so we could see some of her manuscripts, including, of course, Sanditon. I stared at that last page for a while, feeling like it was the final bow of an artist before the curtains closed on her. I was never that emotional about her death, but I just kept remembering her sister's words: "I watched the little mournful procession the length of the street & when it turned from my sight & I had lost her for ever...".

  • Jeanie Hoffmann Lewis 18/07/2017 8:57am (33 days ago)

    Dear JA--thank you for putting the finishing touch on my undergraduate English major career. I first read you second semester senior year but that is all it took to send this future Victorianist scholar on my lifelong Austen journey. Your exquisite novels prove that you really can love the Brontes but CHAMPION Austen! Rest in peace Jane.

  • Jennifer Stohl Powell 18/07/2017 8:56am (33 days ago)

    A huge thank you Jane Austen for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me in recent years. I have enjoyed learning more about your life and work through my JASNA membership. You have connected me to new friends, provided activities to enjoy with my mom, and added many new books to my Jane Austen collection. Rest in peace knowing you are treasured and loved.

  • Joan Doyle 18/07/2017 8:54am (33 days ago)

    Jane Austen has enriched my life immeasurably. She has a way of making me feel that she is writing directly to me. I feel a personal connection to her when I read her wonderful novels and her lively letters. Pride and Prejudice was my introduction to Jane Austen. It grabbed me so hard that I was off and running through the world of her novels, letters and biographies. I think it is fitting that today I am rereading Pride and Prejudice. I am right back where I started my whirlwind love affair with Jane Austen.

  • Barbara Kincaid 18/07/2017 8:51am (33 days ago)

    To Jane, always Jane!

  • M.F. Price 18/07/2017 8:50am (33 days ago)

    "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore every body, not greatly in fault themselves, to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest."
    How hard-fought those words were, and how well deserved. Let us remember her through not rose-colored glasses, but as a survivor, an achiever, and a winner--with every cup of tea we make.
    She is a savior to many, and a rock for all.

  • Hansun Cho 18/07/2017 8:29am (33 days ago)

    Dear Jane, In your novels, there are so many witty and sparkling passages that it is difficult for me to choose some, but as a teacher, I chose this one:
    "We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing." - Pride & Prejudice

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