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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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  • Arletta Cortright Nov 18, 2017, 8:00 PM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for your wonderful books. They have enriched my life in more ways than I can say. I am so grateful for your brilliant work. It continues to endure, and will be with us forever.

  • Joy Prevost Nov 18, 2017, 7:19 AM (6 years ago)

    Your genius lives on forever.

  • Mo Nov 17, 2017, 11:47 AM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for all your wonderful stories. Your books are my best friends.

  • Theresa Malek Nov 8, 2017, 8:44 AM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for the wonderful stories that have filled my life with such great joy throughout my life. Each time I open one of your books or view a filmed is like being reunited with an old friend.

  • Elaine W Nov 3, 2017, 8:43 PM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for creating Elizabeth Bennet who was the role model for my 12 year old self. Elizabeth is self-assured, cares more about what's right than what others think and learns from her mistakes. She's also able to forgive herself for making them. Elizabeth is an old friend who I like to visit at least once a year and who can always cheer me up.

  • Pamela Oct 30, 2017, 1:09 AM (6 years ago)

    Well done, Jane!

  • Stephanie Oct 21, 2017, 3:54 PM (6 years ago)

    Oh, Jane, unlike so many of your other devotees, I did not have the pleasure of reading you when I was a teenager. I did not discover you until I was out of college and trying to make my way in the world as an adult. But even so, you hit me like a ton of bricks. How could anyone who lived so long ago understand modern people so well?
    It has now been almost 40 years since the day I first borrowed my roommate's copy of Pride and Prejudice, and I still reread it regularly, and every single time I find something new, some more evidence of your genius. The same thing happens with all of your other novels, even the ones I didn't like so much when I first read them: upon rereading I find more and more that I missed during previous readings, and your sly wit asserting itself in subtle ways. I have even learned to like Fanny Price a little!
    Thank you for overcoming all of the obstacles that could have kept you from writing and continuing to write, and thank you for creating so many memorable characters who will live forever in the hearts and minds of readers like me.
    You are loved.

  • Elizabeth Jane Timms Oct 16, 2017, 9:26 AM (6 years ago)

    Your work has been a 'red thread' through my life, since first reading 'Sense and Sensibility' at the age of eleven when my school set me the challenge of reading an adult novel of my choice. Thank you for enriching the world and sharing with the world, the world as you saw it. Your work has been a source of inspiration to me as it has been to countless others. Thank you for creating such unforgettable characters, which will be discovered by future generations as they have by each generation up to now. Your work encouraged me to write. Thank you, Jane!

  • Barbara Laughlin Adler Sep 30, 2017, 7:11 PM (6 years ago)

    Elizabeth refused Mr. Darcy's first proposal when I was 13 years old. I so admired her desire to make the right choice and her independent spirit. She did not need to accept the first, or second, proposal of marriage. She wanted to be sure her marriage would be one of mutual respect and affection. She would not settle for less. In her novels, Jane Austen taught me to respect myself and expect the same from others. Although my parents. my husband and my faith have had much to do with my happiness in life, I am certain a great part of my confidence and patience comes from the examples found in Austen's heroines. I learned and keep learning from them. What a joy to think she and her brilliant characters will be with me all the days of my life. I thank God Jane Austen continues to live in a very real way - both in Heaven and in the world she left behind 200 years ago.

  • Mona Brown Sep 16, 2017, 1:57 PM (6 years ago)

    The words Thank you seem insufficient yet those are the words I feel so deeply. Your words and novels have brought me such happiness and joy in my life. I feel like I am at home when I read them. I long to share a conversation with you and express so many thoughts to you. I often say that even after 200 years we are still talking about you, reading your work and living in the history you shared. That shows how incredible and amazing you were! Thank you!

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