On this day, that is your birthday, I raise my glass to you.
You died at the young age of 41, not knowing that you would become a global super star in the world of literature and popular culture. For nearly 200 years, readers across time and across the globe have read and loved your books.
Your books are more than mere novels. They capture what is to be a human being. Your characters still speak to readers and audiences today. From one writer to another, that is not an easy feat to pull off.
Wherever you are, I hope you hear our thanks and our wishes for a happy birthday.