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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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  • Glenna James Jul 12, 2017, 9:05 AM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for speaking to my soul and showing me a world that is fill out love and light.

  • Nancy Gardner Jul 10, 2017, 1:16 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for changing my life with your words, your characters and your stories. Your novels enriched my life.

  • Teresa Broderick Jul 10, 2017, 12:39 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you Jane for just being. You've enriched my life and saved it with your writings when I was at my lowest ebb.

  • Michelle Correia Jul 10, 2017, 11:23 AM (3 years ago)

    Mahalo nui loa Jane for your contribution to literature. Your pen strokes are still evident in modern literature 200 years later.
    Thank you for giving the world Lizzy and Darcy, Emma and Knightly. Anne and Wentworth whose stories I love to escape into when my real life gets hectic.

  • Sherry Korpi Jul 10, 2017, 7:30 AM (3 years ago)

    So many things that have changed in the world in 20p years, but some things remain the same. She was a genius of her time and paved the way for other women to be heard. We are still trying, but will work harder in the future, as a tribute to her example. Thank you Jane, for showing the rest of us who were also not as marriagable, that there was hope, and we could eventually be married to men who appreciated us beyond our looks and lack of fortune.

  • Emily Dones Jul 7, 2017, 10:39 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you Jane, for everything you have taught me; for making me believe in love again. You gave me such a strong role model in yourself as in Elizabeth and Elinor whom I adore. Your words have made me stand my ground, forgive when I have been wronged and speak up against any unfairness I may witness. All the love from Puerto Rico.

  • Jackie Johnson Jul 6, 2017, 4:39 PM (3 years ago)

    At Winchester, Jane,
    I stood on your stone
    and pondered again
    by what indiscernible alchemy
    of lead into gold
    you, priestess of the ordinary,
    conjured plain bread and homely
    wine into living blood and bone.

  • Claudia Sandoni Jul 6, 2017, 1:05 AM (3 years ago)

    Thank you Jane, for your works, they are an endless treasure for us readers to enjoy and meditate upon.
    I love your novels and your juvenilia make me laugh each time I read them. You live among us, inspiring our daily lives.
    With love and admiration,
    Claudia (Jane Austen Society of Italy)

  • Adriana Sales Jul 4, 2017, 5:48 PM (3 years ago)

    Dear Jane, it's fantastic how your stories are part of our lives 200 years after their publication. Even here in the tropics of South America your name is everywhere! Thanks for such delightful stories and memorable characters. In an imaginary universe you and your fans are close friends!
    Adriana Sales (Jane Austen Society of Brazil)

  • Elaine McCubbin Jul 4, 2017, 10:36 AM (3 years ago)

    You speak to the souls of your readers in the deepest part of the heart. When at last mine wears out, I hope I CAN take you with me.

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