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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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Comments

  • Robert Gordon 07/08/2017 2:38pm (13 days ago)

    Great seer of the human heart, I thank you.

  • Marsha Huff 06/08/2017 10:12am (14 days ago)

    In his 1816 review of Emma, Walter Scott said that the unidentified author was writing a new “class of fictions.” Her subjects “are finished up to nature, and with a precision which delights the reader.” He concluded, “In this class, she stands almost alone.” Scott was announcing the birth of the modern novel and Jane Austen as its progenitor. Two hundred years later, she continues to delight readers around the world.

  • Kathy Stinnett 01/08/2017 12:36pm (19 days ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Congratulations on over 200 years of your wise and lovely words and stories that have inspired and entertained generation after generation of readers. Your wit and wry outlook are my constant companions, as useful now as they were in 1800. Your unstintingly correct and efficacious use of the English language is always my best example and model. My heart is uplifted and my behaviours made more compassionate with the polish of "a right way of thinking" that comes from an intimate acquaintance with your writing. I am grateful that I live in a time on this planet that includes the opportunity to know your writing!
    Kathy Stinnett

  • Cherie 01/08/2017 6:09am (19 days ago)

    Jane dear Jane-- you left this earth on July 18- leaving us the most wonderful timeless books. A number of years later- I entered this world on July 18-- how lucky of me to share a "Jane Day" and be a friend in spirit!

  • Arlene McCormick 29/07/2017 7:40pm (22 days ago)

    Jane, you inspired me to read more, to learn more, to love more. Thank you and thank you another 1000 times. May your work never be forgotten.

  • Mary and Annie Byrne 27/07/2017 4:18am (24 days ago)

    Jane thank you for allowing us to become a part of the magical world you created within the pages of your wonderful novels - you are an inspiration and we truly love your works of art which will live on forever!
    go raibh maith agat le gach duine in Eireann - thank you from everyone in Ireland

    love from Mary and Annie

    enjoy y

  • Veronica Churchill 24/07/2017 9:59pm (26 days ago)

    Jane - your works have been an endless source of comfort, laughter, and wisdom. Here's to another 200 years of inspiration!

  • Nili Olay 24/07/2017 8:38am (27 days ago)

    Thank you Ms. Austen for many hours of pleasure both reading and discussing your novels. You have added so much enjoyment to life.

  • Jenn Jones 23/07/2017 4:49pm (28 days 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 (28 days 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!

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