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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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  • Elizabeth Pickens 18/07/2017 12:37pm (6 days ago)

    Oh Jane! I remember being 13. Pride and Prejudice was on Masterpiece Theatre and I so wanted to be part of the wittiness and Regency period. A simple but elegant edition of Pride and Prejudice sat on my parents' bookshelves in the living room. I determined I would read it. And it did take determination. I sat w a pencil and circled all the unfamiliar words to look up at the end of the chapter! It's where I learned the true meaning of the word " condescend" as Jane's characters were always condescending to others! I thrilled at the moments Darcy asked Elizabeth to dance, paralleling the ballrooms and parlors of her time with the gymnasiums and jr high dances of mine. My first reading might have been a more superficial one but in subsequent readings I came to fully appreciate her plots, characterizations, and commentary on the patriarchal society of her times. She was of course my choice for my AP English senior author paper. I only got a B plus too(from the hardest English teacher I ever had-D____ P______). But it didn't diminish Jane in my eyes and I learned a lot about why Mrs. Bennett really wasn't so silly for wanting her daughters to marry well. It was the equivalent in today's society of getting into a good college. When I had announced that I wanted to read p and p in 8th grade the English teacher inquired of the local high school English teacher for resources. She said she didn't teach Jane because she was "dry and dated". I have always had an issue with this as I see so many parallels between her characters and situations and today's world as I have already mentioned. She may have died 200 years ago this very day but Jane Austen is alive and well in the 21st century! Live on, Jane!!!

  • Maria c Ducca 18/07/2017 12:37pm (6 days ago)

    Throughout my life Jane Austen novels have been a constant companion how wonderful! Thank you for your genius

  • Patricia E. Lee 18/07/2017 12:30pm (6 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane, for all the hours of pure reading pleasure you have given me throughout the years. I have read and reread all your books and love them more with each reading. Your heroines have become my cherished friends whose stories always seem new. The quality and simplicity of your prose is a joy to read and paints pictures in the mind's eye. Rest in peace knowing the joy and delight you have brought to millions of readers you never dreamed would hold your books in their hands and fall in love with your writing.

  • Evelyn Walker 18/07/2017 12:26pm (6 days ago)

    Jane your works were carried to the front by the soldiers of WWI because they reminded them of home....just one of the tributes to your astonishing books. Your wit and wisdom continue to amuse us 200 years later. "It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do" Well done Jane

  • Heidi Green 18/07/2017 12:12pm (6 days ago)

    I discovered you at age 14. My mother, who was not a reader, remembered that Pride and Prejudice was suppose to be "good" and gave it to her book worm daughter. It was love at first read. Since then I have read your novels over and over, perused your letters, and attended meetings, book clubs, AGMs, festivals and conferences--all because of you. Thank you dear Jane for the friends met along the way, the stimulating discussions, the hunts in used book stores, and the nights dancing in my beautiful silk Regency ball gown. Thank you for the characters written so true that I keep meeting them off the page again and again. But most of all thank you for the laughter that keeps me coming back to your pen.

  • Myla Martin 18/07/2017 11:49am (6 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for having the courage and the wisdom to share your gift with the world. You have touched countless lives with your wit, wisdom, and most delightful characters, and for that I am truly grateful.

  • Kaitlin Traver 18/07/2017 11:28am (6 days ago)

    Dear Jane,
    Today marks 200 years since your untimely passing. You created such strong heroines even in a time when there were little choices for a woman but to marry. You always stayed true to your belief that one should only marry for love. I was forced, yes forced, to read your “own darling child” Pride and Prejudice in high school and I am so thankful for it. You have expanded my literary views, vocabulary, knowledge, and changed my life for the better. Thank you for everything you have contributed to this world.
    “The person…who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” - Jane Austen

  • Mary Philliips 18/07/2017 11:26am (6 days ago)

    The way in which Jane Austen conveyed the flaws in human nature was/is simply remarkable...and as relevant as ever.

  • Keiko Parker 18/07/2017 11:10am (6 days ago)

    Jane, you have been an added pleasure when I am happy, and a stalwart support when I was sad. You sustained me mentally and spiritually for 60 years. I thank God for giving you to us.

  • Suzan Lauder 18/07/2017 11:04am (6 days ago)

    Dear Jane Austen. You saved my life. You understand so I don't have to explain. Thank you so much. All my best love, SL

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