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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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  • Janie M Jones Dec 31, 2017, 3:24 PM (6 years ago)

    Jane, You would be pleased to know how many fans you have and that this number grows everyday.
    Peace, Janie Jones

  • Helen Brydon Dec 31, 2017, 3:11 PM (6 years ago)

    I found Jane Austen when I was 15 years old and am now 77. I take P&P wherever I go.

  • Penelope Dec 31, 2017, 2:40 PM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for Emma!
    "One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other."

  • Laura Brodian Freas Beraha Dec 31, 2017, 2:14 PM (6 years ago)

    I appreciate Jane Austen the most because she was a shrewd scrutinzer of character with the most eloquent way of describing the same.
    My favorite quote of Jane Austen's sums up my life: "Without music, life would be a blank to me.” —Emma (1815). I hold a doctorate in music education. Were I not of the same sentiment, I'd never have pursued a doctoral degree in music.
    Also, because I am a teacher of English Regency Dancing, this one is another of my favorites: "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” —Pride and Prejudice (1813) When dancing it is not only the feet but the heart that is lifted and wants to fly.

  • Pat Dec 31, 2017, 1:37 PM (6 years ago)

    Dear Jane, I miss you! Oh that there were more stories from your magical pen. How I love to reread your books, talk about your books, meet new friends because of your books, travel to conferences because of your books, watch movies about your books, visit places associated with your books, and how I learned to appreciate literature by many writers because of learning about your books. You are a special part of my life. As my husband once said - everybody needs a passion. Reading and talking about you are my passion. Rest in peace.

  • Lindy Bell Dec 30, 2017, 11:00 AM (6 years ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for opening worlds to me I would otherwise have never known or gotten to experience. You inspired me to published authorship setting me on new and exciting paths. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your genius, humor, wit and insights. You will live in our hearts forever.

  • Trish Johnson Dec 15, 2017, 12:57 PM (6 years ago)

    You have changed my life in so many ways. Thank you so much!

  • Kathryn Nov 29, 2017, 2:03 PM (6 years ago)

    Jane Austen has been a part of my life ever since I read and fell in love with Pride and Prejudice in high school. Now in college and an English major, I have been fortunate enough to have spent the past semester reading many of her works.

  • AUDREY Horbett Nov 19, 2017, 4:38 PM (6 years ago)

    You are part of my daily life. Thank you.

  • Karen Marie Nov 19, 2017, 4:10 PM (6 years ago)

    My Dearest Jane,
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my truest companion through the happiest of my days and the saddest of my moments.
    Lizzie, Elinor, Darcy and Wentworth have guided me from my teenage days through University and now into middle age. They have given me sound advice on relationships and love.
    Your books have travelled many miles in backpacks, purses, boxes and suitcases with me. They have rested on many different shelves and night-tables. The pages have become worn and now your words appear on tablets and phones. So I can keep them close.
    "But when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."- J.A. from Persuasion.

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