At first anonymously and then as 'Eugenia de Acton', Alethea Lewis published six books (five novels and one book of essays), which are linked by their title-pages regardless of the nom de plume. A separate series of five other titles, previously attributed to her, has been recently re-assigned to Frances Jacson (sometimes called Jackson). All Alethea Lewis's works share a tone of didacticism and Christian piety. Their plots are overcrowded and creaky, featuring sudden rises and falls in fortune; but with conventional plotting goes, often, a strain of creative unconventionality. Alethea Lewis favours ostentatious literary reference and self-conscious direct address to readers and reviewers.