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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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  • Ida Sonberg 18/07/2017 3:52am (33 days ago)

    Jane Austen came into my life when I was 15, she taught me to love classic literature. To be passionate, to be yourself and stand true to your beliefs.
    She made me love the English language, made me improve it, as a non native speaker (being Danish) I always opted to the translated editions. But her work made me do the extra efford to challenge myself and better myself.
    Jane helped me in a dark time in my life, and to this day I find solace and comfort in her writing.
    So on this day of sadness I find comfort in the embrace of her characters, to find strength in Elinor, to stand fast like Elisabeth and to be curious like Cathrine.
    All my deepest love

  • Mary Flannery 18/07/2017 3:25am (33 days ago)

    Thank you for the Joy, Jane. I always have one of your books on my bedside table. Every night I escape into your world for a time. I even keep a copy of Pride & Prejudice in my Emergency Kit. God forbid I will ever have to bide under the kitchen table for three days awaiting rescue after a severe Earthquake, but I would have water and crackers - and the Bennett sisters to keep me company. Rest in Peace!

  • Linda Darden 18/07/2017 3:20am (33 days ago)

    Your works have brought enjoyment and comfort and laughter to so many people - more than you could have ever imagined I'm sure. I wonder what you would say to the thought of having such admirers here in the US. Or around the world in foreign places your brothers hadn't even visited. There is no question you were born to write, and I am one of many people worldwide who is grateful that you managed to find the hours, the paper, the ink to accomplish what you did.

  • Margaret 18/07/2017 3:12am (33 days ago)

    Jane, thank you for years of reading pleasure. Each one of your books is a delight and I find something new in them as I re-read them through the years. Persuasion remains my favorite.

  • Leah Wilson 18/07/2017 1:02am (33 days ago)

    I was privileged to spend last week in Steventon, Chawton, Bath, and Winchester in homage to Jane Austen. I have been to the places that she lived, where she wrote, and where she died. It is always humbling to be where she has been. I am so grateful for the genius of her words and her quest to be an independent woman who gave structure and form to her life and thereby has given the same to our lives. Whether in the trenches of the Great War or in a quiet corner of an American home, she has inspired and gentled readers for over 200 years. It is an achievement that few can claim. Today is a day to remember Jane Austen and her bits of ivory.

  • Miss Price 17/07/2017 5:12pm (34 days ago)

    In a time when dystopian novels and intentionally depressing books are popular, thank you, Jane, for giving us the words "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as quickly as I can..." I couldn't agree more. It's good to have the sentiment expressed so well. As well as numerous other sentiments:
    A party that is "too numerous for intimacy, too small for variety." (Persuasion)
    "...sore-footed and fatigued, restless and agitated, yet feeling, in spite of everything, that a ball was indeed delightful." (MP)
    "Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others." (S&S)
    And of course, Henry Tilney's incomparable treatise on the word "nice!"
    Thank you, Jane, for showing us how the English language ought to be employed.

  • Virlana Shchuka 17/07/2017 4:52pm (34 days ago)

    My prayers and my love to you, Jane. The closest to Heaven I ever felt, and the most ethereal experience, was during the course of my study of Pride and Prejudice in my undergraduate years. Thank you for teaching me all that you did, and especially for teaching me the importance of reading the world with a fresh pair of eyes and a compassionate heart. You are a gem that no words can adequately describe!

  • Kathleen Clarke-Anderson 17/07/2017 4:40pm (34 days ago)

    Thank you for the many hours of happiness and tranquility you have given me while reading your books. I love them so.
    "I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal."

  • Rebecca Sander 17/07/2017 3:42pm (34 days ago)

    Thank you Miss Austen for enriching my life and the world.
    Rebecca Sanders
    Topeka, Kansas

  • Cheryl Ernst 17/07/2017 12:17pm (34 days ago)

    Thank you for elegance of language that succinctly skewers pomposity of speech:
    “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.” Northanger Abbey

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