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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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  • MissJessieSteele94 18/07/2017 10:14am (33 days ago)

    I started out scoffing you, Jane.
    I didn't give you a chance until last April, the spring before my senior year of college. I read pride and prejudice and everything changed.
    I got into your works and I read about YOU. your radical feminism disguised as a mild comedy of love and manners.
    I am sorry you did not live to see the beloved nature of your books come to fruition and to see them become adored by people all over the globe- the writings of a girl from Bath is currently being enjoyed by a girl from Memphis TN.
    That's a beautiful thing.
    Rest easy Jane. Proud to love your characters, your works and your legacy.

  • Melanie Rachel 18/07/2017 10:13am (33 days ago)

    Jane Austen was not only a brilliant social critic and wonderful writer, she was a beloved member of the Austen family, which was much bereaved by her loss. It's important to remember the woman as well as the author.
    It's difficult to believe she packed so much life and accomplishment into 41 years, particularly given the constraints of the society in which she lived. The woman who wrote stories that have delighted us all with their insight into human love and human folly deserves such a memorial. Thank you, Jane.

  • Susan E. Jones 18/07/2017 10:08am (33 days ago)

    Thank you, Miss Austen, for all that you have given our world. For me, particularly, your wit and your wisdom illuminate my days, giving me solace in dreary hours and joy in the best of times. Your words and your reputation are immortal, and you have blessed us all.

  • Samantha Pierson 18/07/2017 10:08am (33 days ago)

    Thank you for bringing so much joy to my life, my mother's life, and everyone else with equally fine taste in literature. You live on to this day immortalized in the rapturous language and beautiful arrangements of words in your novels.

  • J Tackitt 18/07/2017 10:03am (33 days ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for your wonderful books that are a joy to read and re-read. Did you know your books actually change as time passes? Or maybe that's me. Somehow I've managed to meet in my modern life characters from your novels--weird, right? I've actually worked with a few Mrs. Bennets and Lady Catherines. Unfortunately, I have yet to work with a Mr. Darcy, but I did manage to marry a lovely Captain Wentworth.

  • Sarah Greenberg 18/07/2017 9:43am (33 days ago)

    Thank you for writing all your treasured books. They are a delight!!! I will continually be reading them. You will always be remembered.

  • Linda Wilson Holt 18/07/2017 9:43am (33 days ago)

    RIP, Jane, and rest assured that you have enriched the lives of so many more people than you and those in your world could have ever imagined. Two hundred years later, your novels still bring us peace, tranquility, smiles, and hours of pure pleasure.

  • A. Marie Sprayberry 18/07/2017 9:40am (33 days ago)

    A few days before Jane Austen's death, she wrote a comic poem about Winchester races, attributing these lines to St. Swithin: "When once we are buried you think we are dead/But behold me Immortal." Although the physical Miss Austen left us 200 years ago today, her art and legacy are Immortal. Respectful, heartfelt thanks from a devoted reader--one of the many for whom she has truly been life-changing.

  • Mell C 18/07/2017 9:38am (33 days ago)

    Thank you, Miss Austen, for your immeasurable contributions to the world. You've also deeply enriched my own life and created a shared bond with my Mom; we both love your writing. I've met many good friends and have had life changing experiences in pursuing conversations about your many characters and stories. Rest in Peace.

  • Renata Dennis 18/07/2017 9:18am (33 days ago)

    Much thanks to a woman who was two centuries ahead of her time. RIP, Jane.

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