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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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  • Dena Barisano Jul 4, 2017, 8:08 AM (3 years ago)

    To Jane Austen, I cannot offer enough thanks for all the wonderful work -- the novels she completed and sent out into the world -- the main finished work that is her legacy that drives us -- myself included to read her fragments and her letters. Austen is part of literary history and entwined now popular culture. And not sure that is what she intended at all, but her work has resonated now for two centuries. Her work continues to be a touchstone for people, to spark discussions and unite like minded thinkers and readers in JASNA, and also across the world.

  • Angela Casey Jul 3, 2017, 3:30 PM (3 years ago)

    Jane, you are my absolute favorite writer of all. Even if you lived so long ago the love stories that you wrote about and the human feelings that you describe so well, are the same today that they were 200 and more years ago.

  • boneva ann mischo Jul 3, 2017, 2:16 PM (3 years ago)

    Any time I need an uplift I find a Jane Austen book to read or sometimes one of the juvenilia. Thank you Jane for being such a fabulous writer.

  • Susan Berman Jul 2, 2017, 3:49 PM (3 years ago)

    Your literary gifts and wit are timeless, dear Jane. They have enchanted, entertained and calmed my world for 55 years, as I've read and reread your novels and other works, visited your birthplace, homes and grave, I am reminded of your modest life and its extraordinary reverberations upon millions of readers worldwide for many generations and more to come. Now you are an immortal English treasure. Though I feel I know you, in a way, it would have been a wondrous experience to have met and talked with you.

  • Karen L Field Jul 2, 2017, 1:51 PM (3 years ago)

    Dear Jane, as all of your followers feel as if we know you that personally, your life has impacted mine so profoundly by your writings, your extant letters, your relatives' accounts of you, and what historians have put together from other writings of the period and written history's of your age. Imitators are in existence bye the hundreds, books of yours from your period fetch amazingly high prices. Societies exist bearing your name and I have paid you the distinctive honor of joining one of them as a Lifetime Member because I know I will always be studying and enjoying your works until I am no more. There are even people like me who dress up like men and women in your Regency history stage of life.bthere are fine conferences of your books held and museum displays for people to get really in touch with your world. Your handwriting has even bee analyzed, as has your method of how'd you wrote.there are stores that sell military, jewelry, and other items of merchandise relative to you and your books. In short, there are any number of people making a living, not like a curate's living, outside of eking publications and cultural reproductions of items in honor of you. I will conjecture you had no idea of this being the case as you lay in Winchester with your health failing. I have visited your grave and wept tears of thankfulness to our God for His gift of your life to mankind. You continue to exist to many of us. May your pleasure be in God's presence now and into the knowledge that your life counted for a great deal to many folks around the world. Celebrating your celebrity at the two hundredth passing of your death is bittersweet. We love you and miss the opportunity for more knowledge of you. Blessings.

  • Mary Stofflet Jul 2, 2017, 11:10 AM (3 years ago)

    Thank you, Jane. Life would be intolerable without having known you.

  • Melissa Duijvestijn Jul 2, 2017, 9:10 AM (3 years ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Words cannot describe how much I admire jour work.
    There is Always someting to be found in your novels and letters to make anyone who reads them laugh.
    Your wit is timeless and the characters and situations you describe are still so relatable after twohundred years.
    I Always look away into the small worlds you have created when my own little world become to much to bear for me. And I am eternally gratefull to you for that.
    Many thanks and kind regards,
    Melissa Duijvestijn

  • Rena Tobey Jul 2, 2017, 6:54 AM (3 years ago)

    Jane Austen was one of the first authors to teach me how to read.

  • Joan Klingel Ray Jun 29, 2017, 2:10 PM (3 years ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, You have been absolutely crucial to my successful career as a professor (teacher and scholar), but even more important to my life as satirist whose humor, sharp eye, and even sharper words have taught me so much about life. Now here's my question for you in heaven: what were you going to do with the "chilly and tender" Miss Lambe, "half mulatto," in you incomplete Sanditon? With love, admiration, and gratitude, Joan Ray, Professor Emerita, English, U of CO, Colorado Springs; President's Teaching Scholar, JASNA President 2000-06

  • Janice Millford Jun 29, 2017, 5:20 AM (3 years ago)

    I read Jane Austen in high school for the first time. I was smitten. My affair with her has only grown throughout the years, but I confess I had some hesitation in revealing my love to others who were skeptical or frankly, aghast at the depth of my devotion. Until, that is, I found JASNA. A place where all love Jane and understand her appeal. Jane Austen has provided me with hours of enjoyment and bliss. Jane Austen has introduced me to many friends both in her books and among those who read the books. Praise and Gratitude to Jane!

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