Collected Words: Hilda Lewis
From Hayley Cotterill on August 17th, 2017
The bestselling historical novelist Hilda Lewis kept careful track of her public profile and the critical reaction to her books in a fascinating scrapbook of newspaper cuttings, part of her archive collection held by Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. The scrapbook allows the reader to follow her literary fortunes and to appreciate the sheer variety of her output. It includes reviews of her 1956 novel The Witch and The Priest, which was inspired by the true story of three ‘witches’ from Bottesford who were accused of murdering two sons of Francis Manners, sixth Earl of Rutland, by witchcraft. The ‘witches’ were tried and executed at Lincoln in 1619.
The scrapbook, from the Hilda Lewis Archive Collection (Lw H, ACC 1157) featured in the Weston Gallery exhibition Collected Words in 2017.