On this day, in 1817, Jane Austen succumbed to the mystery illness that had plagued her for several years. There have been several speculations as to the nature of the illness, with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Addison's disease, and bovine tuberculous all suggested by posthumous analysis of her documented ailments.
It's amazingly wonderful to me that 195 years after her death, we are still reading her works and celebrating her. Aside from movies like Bridget Jones's Diary and Bride & Prejudice, books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Jane Austen Book Club, people (women, mostly) are creating all kinds of things to honor their favorite author.
Like cakes. This beauty was created by SprinkleBakes.
And dolls. Excuse me... figurines. Like this one found on Retronaut.
For something you can carry with you always to remind yourself of Jane, there's Jane Austen jewelry.
I'll be sure to brew up a pot of tea and make a toast to Jane.