Reporter Audálio Dantas was doing a report about life in the favelas when he came across the diary that Carolina was writing. Surprised with the realistic portrayal of the angst of favela life, Dantas took her writngs to an editor where it was released in 1960 under the title of Quarto de Despejo: Diário de uma favelada. The title became an instant success selling out the first order of 30,000 copies within the first week with requests for the book coming in from all over Brazil. The title would eventually be translated into 14 languages and sell over a million copies since its release.
Although Carolina wrote four other books, none were successful. She rose from the favelas and enjoyed a brief period of celebrity with the release of Quarto, but she would ultimately die in poverty in 1977. Today, Quarto de Despejo is still studied and held in high regard by aspiring black Brazilian writers and social scientists and Carolina is regularly celebrated as an important figure in Afro-Brazilian history.
Source: Black Women of Brazil