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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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  • DeAuna Marks 18/07/2017 8:10am (33 days ago)

    Your novels were most inspiring to me in my youth. So much so that I pursued a college degree in English Literature so that I could better understand the works of masters such as yourself. Thanks for being there for me on cold rainy days. Your writing paired with a cup of coffee is one of my favorite past times!

  • Jill Reville Hill 18/07/2017 7:52am (33 days ago)

    "People always live forever whenever there is an annuity to be paid them". The obnoxious Mrs. John Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility.
    To me this is a perfect example of Jane Austen's dry humour, her deep knowledge of human nature, and her understanding of the power of money in our lives. Jane's unique skill and insights make us return again and again to her novels, both to be amused and to be enlightened. What an inheritance she left us. RIP Jane Austen.

  • Shobha Balakrishnan 18/07/2017 7:44am (33 days ago)

    Thank u Jane Austen for the classics penned by u, more so ..'Pride & Prejudice' which i luv reading over and over again...Thank u once again...

  • Lynn Bischoff 18/07/2017 7:37am (33 days ago)

    Thank you Jane for bringing such reading joy and dear friends (both in your books and in real life) into my life. You are forever missed.

  • Karen L Field 18/07/2017 7:11am (33 days ago)

    Oh, the joys you have brought to me as I have become enchanted by your books. I thank God for you and the gifts He gave you.

  • Susan Dill 18/07/2017 7:04am (33 days ago)

    Thank you Miss Jane Austen for all the hours of reading pleasure you have given me. Your characters have given me insight into the characters in my own life.

  • Candis Polkinghorn 18/07/2017 6:58am (33 days ago)

    I am but a novice in a Jane Austen Book Club with a very learned group. I have rediscovered her works through new understanding thanks to our great discussions. My favorite part of her works are the subtle way she takes political stands on issues through her novels in an era when. women had few rights let alone given any voice in social standings. Perhaps the greatest mind in literature!

  • Elaine Bander 18/07/2017 6:53am (33 days ago)

    Thank you for your words, which have delighted and shaped my life.

  • Lorna Green 18/07/2017 6:48am (33 days ago)

    To dear Jane who has provided untold pleasure, laughter, and joy to countless people the world over. I treasure the memory of spending time in the small home in Winchester where you spent your last days. I could almost feel your spirit lingering there. But, most of all, I treasure your writings. Rest in peace, dear Jane.

  • Jan Parker Gidman 18/07/2017 6:41am (33 days ago)

    So unfair to have lost you at just 41
    Your incredible, insightful , witty writing
    Just whispers of all that might have been.

    An inestimable life, well lived. xx

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