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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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  • Jenn Jones 23/07/2017 4:49pm (9 hours ago)

    Jane your words remain relevant 200 years later. You could not know the pleasure you were giving to generations while writing but I'm sure you are looking down at us with pleasure as we celebrate you and your works.

  • Pam Glew 23/07/2017 3:58pm (10 hours ago)

    Dearest Jane, on July 18th I am thinking of you with some sadness but much pleasure, at the International Organization of Lace Annual Convention, near Philadelphia, PA, while taking a class in Tambour Work. Remembering Catherine Morland's "debating between her spotted and her tamboured muslin", I hope in your mind, you had her choose the latter, but either way, nothing can change my utter devotion to, and eternal gratitude for all your works!

  • Kathleen Conway 20/07/2017 4:48am (4 days ago)

    Thank you, Ms. Austen, for a lifetime of reading joys.

  • JoAnn Rich 19/07/2017 9:42pm (4 days ago)

    My husband and I spent Jane's 200th commerative in Winchester Cathedral attending two beautiful ceremonies honoring Miss Austen. We were so blessed to be able to do this and we are coming home with a British coin with Jane on it. How Wonderful!

  • Clara Browda 19/07/2017 9:42pm (4 days ago)

    Jane Austen was an elegant writer. With a wonderful ability to use the language well. Although she lived 200 years ago she wrote about us. I'm sure we have all met a Charlotte or a Lady Catherine or a Mr. Collins. We are lucky to have her 6 novels and of course we wish there were more. Thank you Miss Austen,
    Clara Browda

  • Veronica 19/07/2017 8:37pm (4 days ago)

    We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing.
    -- Pride & Prejudice

  • Jessica Joseph 19/07/2017 2:49pm (4 days ago)

    At critical times of my life, I often turn to you Jane, for the beauty of your writing, for your humor and for your insights.
    May your memory be a blessing

  • Chris Staib 19/07/2017 1:55pm (4 days ago)

    First, I wish you could have lived longer, I so enjoy your wit, and ability to put me in your time. Thank you for opening the door for future generations to the world you occupied. I love your language and your characters.

  • Beth Prouty 19/07/2017 12:45pm (5 days ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, I discovered you when I was 17 and read "Pride and Prejudice" during the summer. I had a lonely adolescence since I grew up on a farm, and you became a dear companion and friend and have been with me ever since.

  • Rissi Cherie 19/07/2017 12:30pm (5 days ago)

    Miss Austen, you are a writer who makes your readers proud to know you. I am devoted to your literary output. Thank you for your persuasive writing, your sense and sensibility, and your wit. I hold you in great esteem.

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