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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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  • Heidi Green 18/07/2017 12:12pm (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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

  • Meghan 18/07/2017 11:01am (5 months ago)

    Thank you for your many stories that have helped me through many many hard times.

  • Judi Francis 18/07/2017 10:40am (5 months ago)

    Long remembered, always missed. Rest in peace, fairest of maidens and strongest of heart and intellect.

  • MissJessieSteele94 18/07/2017 10:14am (5 months 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 (5 months 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.

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