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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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  • Deb Mariacher 15/07/2017 6:28pm (5 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing your genius, not only with your family and friends, but with the reading public - and ultimately with the world- with me 200 years later.! Your legacy lives on through Elizabeth, Emma, Ann, Elinor and Marianne, Catherine, and Fanny. Your books, your own darling child, help me find my way in our chaotic world.

  • Claudia Dantoin 15/07/2017 6:20pm (5 months ago)

    You inspired me to be a book collector and to cherish the written word. Re-reading Persuasion recently, I realized that I finally understand what regret feels like because Anne so perfectly expresses it for me. Thank you.

  • Lilyane Soltz 15/07/2017 3:11pm (5 months ago)

    This Janeite came late to Austen, and I regret the years I've missed. Thank you, Jane, for your remarkable insight into our behavior and our relationships with one another. Your understanding of the human heart is extraordinary - thank you for changing my life.

  • Glenna James 12/07/2017 9:05am (5 months ago)

    Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for speaking to my soul and showing me a world that is fill out love and light.

  • Nancy Gardner 10/07/2017 1:16pm (5 months ago)

    Thank you for changing my life with your words, your characters and your stories. Your novels enriched my life.

  • Teresa Broderick 10/07/2017 12:39pm (5 months ago)

    Thank you Jane for just being. You've enriched my life and saved it with your writings when I was at my lowest ebb.

  • Michelle Correia 10/07/2017 11:23am (5 months ago)

    Mahalo nui loa Jane for your contribution to literature. Your pen strokes are still evident in modern literature 200 years later.
    Thank you for giving the world Lizzy and Darcy, Emma and Knightly. Anne and Wentworth whose stories I love to escape into when my real life gets hectic.

  • Sherry Korpi 10/07/2017 7:30am (5 months ago)

    So many things that have changed in the world in 20p years, but some things remain the same. She was a genius of her time and paved the way for other women to be heard. We are still trying, but will work harder in the future, as a tribute to her example. Thank you Jane, for showing the rest of us who were also not as marriagable, that there was hope, and we could eventually be married to men who appreciated us beyond our looks and lack of fortune.

  • Emily Dones 07/07/2017 10:39pm (5 months 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 (5 months ago)

    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.

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