In 1932 just 13 years after arriving in France as a complete unknown, Elissa Rhais had an adaptation of one of her novels playing at a theatre on the Champs Elysees in Paris, while another one Kerkeb, the Berber Dancer, was in production at the city's world famous Opera.
Her real name was not Elissa Rhais but Leila Bou Mendil.
It was not until 1939, when the French decided to award Elissa Rhais the Legion d'Honneur for her services to literature, the truth became known.
All remaining stocks of Elissa Rhais books were pulped and everybody, apparently, forgot about her.
He showed him an old suitcase containing all the manuscripts and correspondence he had signed Elissa Rhais and told his son how he had allowed Leila to take the glory which should have been his.