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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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  • Mary Stofflet 02/07/2017 11:10am (49 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane. Life would be intolerable without having known you.

  • Melissa Duijvestijn 02/07/2017 9:10am (49 days ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Words cannot describe how much I admire jour work.
    There is Always someting to be found in your novels and letters to make anyone who reads them laugh.
    Your wit is timeless and the characters and situations you describe are still so relatable after twohundred years.
    I Always look away into the small worlds you have created when my own little world become to much to bear for me. And I am eternally gratefull to you for that.
    Many thanks and kind regards,
    Melissa Duijvestijn

  • Rena Tobey 02/07/2017 6:54am (49 days ago)

    Jane Austen was one of the first authors to teach me how to read.

  • Joan Klingel Ray 29/06/2017 2:10pm (52 days ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, You have been absolutely crucial to my successful career as a professor (teacher and scholar), but even more important to my life as satirist whose humor, sharp eye, and even sharper words have taught me so much about life. Now here's my question for you in heaven: what were you going to do with the "chilly and tender" Miss Lambe, "half mulatto," in you incomplete Sanditon? With love, admiration, and gratitude, Joan Ray, Professor Emerita, English, U of CO, Colorado Springs; President's Teaching Scholar, JASNA President 2000-06

  • Janice Millford 29/06/2017 5:20am (52 days ago)

    I read Jane Austen in high school for the first time. I was smitten. My affair with her has only grown throughout the years, but I confess I had some hesitation in revealing my love to others who were skeptical or frankly, aghast at the depth of my devotion. Until, that is, I found JASNA. A place where all love Jane and understand her appeal. Jane Austen has provided me with hours of enjoyment and bliss. Jane Austen has introduced me to many friends both in her books and among those who read the books. Praise and Gratitude to Jane!

  • Linda Dennery 26/06/2017 1:42pm (55 days ago)

    Ah, the inimitable Jane ... the consumate artist! And conjurer!
    Her novels are like chameleons: they seemingly adapt to each reader's needs and experiences, and then effortlessly re-adapt as her devotees grow and change. Like the four and twenty families of Meryton, there is always "something new to be found in them." Thank you, Miss Austen, for two centuries of discovery without end.

  • Elizabeth Steele 26/06/2017 7:56am (55 days ago)

    "She is perfect in literature as Mozart is in music, and she gives me the same sort of feeling. But apart from that, she is the first of the great novelists." Frank O’Connor

  • Marybeth Ihle 18/06/2017 1:58pm (2 months ago)

    Jane Austen changed my life. I honestly don't know who I would be today if I hadn't been introduced to Austen more than 20 years ago. Without Austen, I may never have traveled to Great Britain in college. I may never have been introduced to great literature and films that have shaped my life, and without Austen, I most certainly would never have met so many wonderful people whom I now consider cherished friends.
    So I'd like to say thank you, Jane Austen. Thank you for the parsonage at Woodston and Uppercross Cottage and Longbourn. Thank you for assembly balls and turns about the room and walking three miles through the countryside until one’s petticoats are six inches deep in mud. Thank you for strawberry picking and excursions to Box Hill and declarations out of doors. Thank you for the pleasant refreshment of sitting in the shade and looking upon verdure, for locked gates, and for fires in the east room. Thank you for dead leaves and overfriendly neighbors and the strength of second attachments. Thank you for discussions of horrid novels and locked cabinets and a man who knows his muslin. Thank you for long walks to Winthrop and umbrellas and the most romantic letter ever written. Thank you for Miss Bates and Mrs Jennings and Fanny Price. Thank you for everything.

  • Claire Bellanti 16/06/2017 2:23pm (2 months ago)

    Jane Austen's genius, wit and psychological insight created characters we recognize in the people around us. We can laugh at them and empathize with them as they are very real. I am grateful we have Austen's writings to enjoy today.

  • Liz Philosophos Cooper 22/05/2017 12:49pm (3 months ago)

    "Jane Austen was neither romanticist or realist, she was just 'novelist' as the North Star is the North Star." -- Ford Madox Ford

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