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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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  • Susan E. Jones 18/07/2017 10:08am (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)

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

  • Mary Morder 18/07/2017 9:16am (5 months ago)

    Thank you, Jane Austen, for sharing your talent with the world. Your books have enriched my life with joy, comfort, laughter, friends, happy memories, new insights and so much more.

  • Carole Thompson 18/07/2017 9:08am (5 months ago)

    There can be no end, without a beginning. Shed no tears for what is over. Instead, celebrate what has happened. The writings are with us - forever. We have an author to commemorate, and what a gift we have, in her work, to appreciate - and celebrate!

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