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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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  • Emily Dones 07/07/2017 10:39pm (43 days ago)

    Thank you Jane, for everything you have taught me; for making me believe in love again. You gave me such a strong role model in yourself as in Elizabeth and Elinor whom I adore. Your words have made me stand my ground, forgive when I have been wronged and speak up against any unfairness I may witness. All the love from Puerto Rico.

  • Jackie Johnson 06/07/2017 4:39pm (45 days ago)

    Transubstantiation
    At Winchester, Jane,
    I stood on your stone
    and pondered again
    by what indiscernible alchemy
    of lead into gold
    you, priestess of the ordinary,
    conjured plain bread and homely
    wine into living blood and bone.

  • Claudia Sandoni 06/07/2017 1:05am (45 days ago)

    Thank you Jane, for your works, they are an endless treasure for us readers to enjoy and meditate upon.
    I love your novels and your juvenilia make me laugh each time I read them. You live among us, inspiring our daily lives.
    With love and admiration,
    Claudia (Jane Austen Society of Italy)

  • Adriana Sales 04/07/2017 5:48pm (47 days ago)

    Dear Jane, it's fantastic how your stories are part of our lives 200 years after their publication. Even here in the tropics of South America your name is everywhere! Thanks for such delightful stories and memorable characters. In an imaginary universe you and your fans are close friends!
    Adriana Sales (Jane Austen Society of Brazil)

  • Elaine McCubbin 04/07/2017 10:36am (47 days ago)

    Jane
    You speak to the souls of your readers in the deepest part of the heart. When at last mine wears out, I hope I CAN take you with me.

  • Dena Barisano 04/07/2017 8:08am (47 days ago)

    To Jane Austen, I cannot offer enough thanks for all the wonderful work -- the novels she completed and sent out into the world -- the main finished work that is her legacy that drives us -- myself included to read her fragments and her letters. Austen is part of literary history and entwined now popular culture. And not sure that is what she intended at all, but her work has resonated now for two centuries. Her work continues to be a touchstone for people, to spark discussions and unite like minded thinkers and readers in JASNA, and also across the world.

  • Angela Casey 03/07/2017 3:30pm (48 days ago)

    Jane, you are my absolute favorite writer of all. Even if you lived so long ago the love stories that you wrote about and the human feelings that you describe so well, are the same today that they were 200 and more years ago.

  • boneva ann mischo 03/07/2017 2:16pm (48 days ago)

    Any time I need an uplift I find a Jane Austen book to read or sometimes one of the juvenilia. Thank you Jane for being such a fabulous writer.

  • Susan Berman 02/07/2017 3:49pm (49 days ago)

    Your literary gifts and wit are timeless, dear Jane. They have enchanted, entertained and calmed my world for 55 years, as I've read and reread your novels and other works, visited your birthplace, homes and grave, I am reminded of your modest life and its extraordinary reverberations upon millions of readers worldwide for many generations and more to come. Now you are an immortal English treasure. Though I feel I know you, in a way, it would have been a wondrous experience to have met and talked with you.

  • Karen L Field 02/07/2017 1:51pm (49 days ago)

    Dear Jane, as all of your followers feel as if we know you that personally, your life has impacted mine so profoundly by your writings, your extant letters, your relatives' accounts of you, and what historians have put together from other writings of the period and written history's of your age. Imitators are in existence bye the hundreds, books of yours from your period fetch amazingly high prices. Societies exist bearing your name and I have paid you the distinctive honor of joining one of them as a Lifetime Member because I know I will always be studying and enjoying your works until I am no more. There are even people like me who dress up like men and women in your Regency history stage of life.bthere are fine conferences of your books held and museum displays for people to get really in touch with your world. Your handwriting has even bee analyzed, as has your method of how'd you wrote.there are stores that sell military, jewelry, and other items of merchandise relative to you and your books. In short, there are any number of people making a living, not like a curate's living, outside of eking publications and cultural reproductions of items in honor of you. I will conjecture you had no idea of this being the case as you lay in Winchester with your health failing. I have visited your grave and wept tears of thankfulness to our God for His gift of your life to mankind. You continue to exist to many of us. May your pleasure be in God's presence now and into the knowledge that your life counted for a great deal to many folks around the world. Celebrating your celebrity at the two hundredth passing of your death is bittersweet. We love you and miss the opportunity for more knowledge of you. Blessings.

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