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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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  • Dolores A. Phillips 18/07/2017 10:03pm (4 months ago)

    Dear Ms. Austen:
    I thank you for all the books you have written so exquisitely. I have read them all, underlined passages, and keep going back to your books. Finally, the entire world is recognizing you, even the Bank of England! I am sorry it took 200 years. The good news is that we are still reading your books. With sincere regards, Dolores A. Phillips

  • Robin Fielding-Gatto 18/07/2017 9:10pm (4 months ago)

    Jane,
    Throughout my life your words have been there to help me. You have been my constant friend and I thank you.

  • Doris White 18/07/2017 7:58pm (4 months ago)

    Reading the six novels at various times in my life has shown me how wrong I can be. What seems to be is not what is. My judgement is so often "off." Thank you for these wonderful novels.

  • June Brandt 18/07/2017 7:42pm (4 months ago)

    I celebrate your life and the characters you created.

  • Cinthia 18/07/2017 7:36pm (4 months ago)

    Dear Jane Austen, I have learnt so many lessons thanks to your writings and laugh so many times even through what can be sombre days. I hope I can honour your memory by helping people to know more about your life and your works. I guess you could not have imagine how you could influence so positively so many people around the world, who have been bonded in a community of frienship thanks to you.

  • Barbara Gugluizza 18/07/2017 7:21pm (4 months ago)

    I read Pride and Prejudice in college and it was love at first read. I immediately read her other novels and saw every film adaption of her work. Thank you, Jane Austen, for bringing so much joy into my life.

  • Marilyn Brant 18/07/2017 7:14pm (4 months ago)

    I'm truly grateful to have encountered Austen's novels in my early teens. Her well-drawn characters, witty language, and profound relationship insights greatly impacted my worldview growing up and enriched my life in ways too numerous to count. Decades later, she remains my favorite author, an inspiration for my writing, and a source of deep pleasure and entertainment.
    Thank you for sharing your genius with us, Jane! You will be loved and remembered always. xox

  • Michele Larrow 18/07/2017 7:00pm (4 months ago)

    I love to read both the novels and the criticism, including Persuasions, both online and in print. Re-reading the novels helps me feel calm and soothed. When I went through eight rounds of chemotherapy several years ago, I started one of the novels on my Kindle while getting chemo and would finish it as my body recovered. I think one of the best things you can say about someone is they make chemo more tolerable--Jane you helped me get through it.

  • Connie Roias Farrell 18/07/2017 6:39pm (4 months ago)

    Jane Austen, your novels have given me comfort and pleasure these many years and I look forward to their company in the years to come.
    "Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
    Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
    And, while the stones of Winchester - or Milsom Street - remain,
    Glory, Love, and Honour unto England's Jane!"
    from "Jane's Marriage" - a poem by Rudyard Kipling

  • Marie Miesel 18/07/2017 6:34pm (4 months ago)

    Reading Jane is like settling down for a good coze on the sofa with a dear friend. Comfortable, humorous, thoughtful and most of all loved.

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