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A Sucessora is a novel written by the Brazilian writer Carolina Nabuco. It was first published in 1934 and was later adapted into the 1978 telenovela A Sucessora.
A Sucessora Wikipedia
The story revolves around the character of Mariana, a young woman that has married the widower Roberto Steen. As Mariana attempts to acclimate to her new marriage and responsibilities, she discovers that Steen's dead wife Alice still seems to have a hold over the household.
A Sucessora received international attention after the publication of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca, which presented striking similarities to Nabuco's novel. Critic Álvaro Lins remarked in 1941 that there was little difference between the two novels. Du Maurier rebuffed claims of plagiarism in a 1941 Letter to the Editor in The New York Times, where she wrote that she had not heard of Nabuco or A Sucessora until the previous year. Du Maurier's publishers also denied any intentional similarities between the two works, although Nabuco herself believed that her work had been plagiarized and there were claims that du Maurier's publisher intentionally gave her a copy of Nabuco's manuscript. Nabuco also claimed that producers of the theatrical version of Rebecca came to her with a contract that would state that the similarities between the two books were coincidental and that she would be "compensated with a quantity described as 'of considerable value'" if she signed.