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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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  • Debra Matheney 16/07/2017 9:45am (35 days ago)

    It has been a joy to have had your works to illuminate life in Regency England. All who read you are enriched. You so well understood human nature and our foibles in ways which reach across time. I was lucky enough to stand at your grave in that wondrous cathedral, where I could not help but wonder what you and your family would make of your lasting legacy. A toast to another 200 hundred years of new fans and the countless pleasure your writing will give them.

  • Sheila L. Majczan 16/07/2017 9:24am (35 days ago)

    I can only say as you are, for me, the greatest of all novelists:
    "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerable stupid."
    Thank you for the many hours of pleasure.

  • Robin Friedlander 16/07/2017 8:55am (35 days ago)

    Thank you for so many marvelous hours of escaping to another time and place!

  • Brandi Gulbis 16/07/2017 8:17am (35 days ago)

    I am melancholy this year. First being able to visit England and see Bath, Steventon, Winchester and London, to enjoy Chawton and see the 41 objects in person was a highlight, a bucket list trip of a lifetime. But I am sad that it is the anniversary of the death of a woman whose writing has been kept alive for two centuries after her early parting from life may well have left greater and more profound works forever lost to the what-if of chance.
    My favorite quote from her books is from one that I believe kept her alive in my heart from the poignancy and romance it really shows the reader. To me it is her greatest portrait of love. And as it happens, this line sums up how I feel about Jane Austen: "I have loved none but you."

  • Adina Bernstein 16/07/2017 7:08am (35 days ago)

    Thank you, dearest Jane for your genius, your inspiration and being there whenever I need you. You made me want to be a writer and you have brought joy and friendship into my life. You will forever be one of my heroes.

  • Susan Zinner 16/07/2017 5:47am (35 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane, for writing my all-time favorite book, "Persuasion." The beautifully-eloquent words of Captain Wentworth, "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope," are the best words of love ever written.

  • Nancy Duell 16/07/2017 5:07am (35 days ago)

    Your stories gave my heart an outlet for my romantic soul.

  • Mary Stofflet 15/07/2017 11:37pm (35 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane—for everything.

  • Gillian Dow 15/07/2017 11:30pm (35 days ago)

    Jane Austen's novels - and her championing of the novel genre - changed global literature. We at the 'Great House', Chawton House Library, are proud to play our part in protecting her legacy and exploring her influence, as well as promoting the writers who influenced her.

  • Liz Lesan 15/07/2017 8:47pm (35 days ago)

    In remembrance of Jane whose clear-eyed assessment, sparkling wit and spunky courage have given this reader so many hours of satisfaction and delight.

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