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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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  • Amanda Murray 19/07/2017 8:57am (5 days ago)

    A dear friend departed
    To fresh shores uncharted.
    This earth did divest,
    leaving thy pen at rest.

    Desperate for more,
    The lack makes me poor.
    My loss felt anew;
    For six was too few.

    Thy wisdom and wit
    Are my ideal fit.
    Oh Jane, the celebrated,
    You my pen have animated!

  • Michele Simoneau 19/07/2017 7:19am (5 days ago)

    To honor this great author, earlier this year I read the complete works of Jane Austen. This includes the six novels, the short epistolary novel, the two unfinished novels and the biography written by her nephew. I also watched every movie and tv adaptation of the novels that I could get my hands on. Who knows how many more novels Jane would have written if she hadn't died so young. What would she have thought to know how popular her novels are 200 years later. Thank you Jane Austen for giving me so many hours of reading pleasure.

  • Monica Van Bussum 19/07/2017 5:51am (5 days ago)

    To Jane, my friend, my sister (the wittier, prettier one) - thank you.

  • Judy Chernick 19/07/2017 5:36am (5 days ago)

    Jane Austen has been a joy in my retirement - not only the wonderful novels, but also the companionship of Janeites and learning about personal life and European history in Jane Austen's time.

  • Cynthia Aronoff 19/07/2017 5:31am (5 days ago)

    Thank you Jane.

  • Dolores A. Phillips 18/07/2017 10:03pm (5 days ago)

    Dear Ms. Austen:
    I thank you for all the books you have written so exquisitely. I have read them all, underlined passages, and keep going back to your books. Finally, the entire world is recognizing you, even the Bank of England! I am sorry it took 200 years. The good news is that we are still reading your books. With sincere regards, Dolores A. Phillips

  • Robin Fielding-Gatto 18/07/2017 9:10pm (5 days ago)

    Throughout my life your words have been there to help me. You have been my constant friend and I thank you.

  • Doris White 18/07/2017 7:58pm (5 days ago)

    Reading the six novels at various times in my life has shown me how wrong I can be. What seems to be is not what is. My judgement is so often "off." Thank you for these wonderful novels.

  • June Brandt 18/07/2017 7:42pm (5 days ago)

    I celebrate your life and the characters you created.

  • Cinthia 18/07/2017 7:36pm (5 days ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, I have learnt so many lessons thanks to your writings and laugh so many times even through what can be sombre days. I hope I can honour your memory by helping people to know more about your life and your works. I guess you could not have imagine how you could influence so positively so many people around the world, who have been bonded in a community of frienship thanks to you.

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