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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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  • Sarah Greenberg 18/07/2017 9:43am (8 months ago)

    Thank you for writing all your treasured books. They are a delight!!! I will continually be reading them. You will always be remembered.

  • Linda Wilson Holt 18/07/2017 9:43am (8 months ago)

    RIP, Jane, and rest assured that you have enriched the lives of so many more people than you and those in your world could have ever imagined. Two hundred years later, your novels still bring us peace, tranquility, smiles, and hours of pure pleasure.

  • A. Marie Sprayberry 18/07/2017 9:40am (8 months ago)

    A few days before Jane Austen's death, she wrote a comic poem about Winchester races, attributing these lines to St. Swithin: "When once we are buried you think we are dead/But behold me Immortal." Although the physical Miss Austen left us 200 years ago today, her art and legacy are Immortal. Respectful, heartfelt thanks from a devoted reader--one of the many for whom she has truly been life-changing.

  • Mell C 18/07/2017 9:38am (8 months ago)

    Thank you, Miss Austen, for your immeasurable contributions to the world. You've also deeply enriched my own life and created a shared bond with my Mom; we both love your writing. I've met many good friends and have had life changing experiences in pursuing conversations about your many characters and stories. Rest in Peace.

  • Renata Dennis 18/07/2017 9:18am (8 months ago)

    Much thanks to a woman who was two centuries ahead of her time. RIP, Jane.

  • Mary Morder 18/07/2017 9:16am (8 months ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for sharing your talent with the world. Your books have enriched my life with joy, comfort, laughter, friends, happy memories, new insights and so much more.

  • Carole Thompson 18/07/2017 9:08am (8 months ago)

    There can be no end, without a beginning. Shed no tears for what is over. Instead, celebrate what has happened. The writings are with us - forever. We have an author to commemorate, and what a gift we have, in her work, to appreciate - and celebrate!

  • Haley Walters 18/07/2017 9:01am (8 months ago)

    "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me." Thank you Jane for turning your witty observations of Georgian English society into wonderful character-driven novels, full of love, humor, and human error that we might otherwise not be privileged to see.

  • Maria Biajoli 18/07/2017 9:00am (8 months ago)

    Last March I went to Cambridge for a conference about Sanditon and they took us to the archive of King's College so we could see some of her manuscripts, including, of course, Sanditon. I stared at that last page for a while, feeling like it was the final bow of an artist before the curtains closed on her. I was never that emotional about her death, but I just kept remembering her sister's words: "I watched the little mournful procession the length of the street & when it turned from my sight & I had lost her for ever...".

  • Jeanie Hoffmann Lewis 18/07/2017 8:57am (8 months ago)

    Dear JA--thank you for putting the finishing touch on my undergraduate English major career. I first read you second semester senior year but that is all it took to send this future Victorianist scholar on my lifelong Austen journey. Your exquisite novels prove that you really can love the Brontes but CHAMPION Austen! Rest in peace Jane.

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