Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) | First Editions
Snicket serves as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work), appearing as a character within it, and in All the Wrong Questions. Because of this, the name "Lemony Snicket" may refer to either the fictional character or the real person, Daniel Handler. Handler (born February 28, 1970) is an American writer and journalist, and creator of Lemony Snicket. He has also published adult novels under his real name; his first book The Basic Eight was rejected by many publishers for its dark subject matter.
As a character, Snicket is a harried, troubled writer and photographer falsely accused of felonies, and is continuously hunted by the police and his enemies, the fire-starting side of the secret organization Volunteer Fire Department (V.F.D.). As a child, he was kidnapped and inducted as a "neophyte" into V.F.D. In the organization, he met and fell in love with a peer named Beatrice. However, he was falsely accused of murder and arson, and the fictional newspaper The Daily Punctilio reported his death. Beatrice eventually marries Bertrand Baudelaire, becoming the mother of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the protagonists of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Fourteen years thereafter, Beatrice and Bertrand were murdered in a house fire, leaving the Baudelaires orphans. Snicket feels indebted to his former fiancée and embarks on a quest to chronicle the lives of the Baudelaire children until they become old enough to face the troubles of the world on their own.
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London: Egmont [and] New York, NY: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2001-2004. [Children's Fantasy] MIXED COLLECTION. 12 volumes. Octavo (19 x 13 x 28cm). With in-text illustrations by Helquist. Including volumes 1-11 of the series (lacking volumes 12 and 13), as well as the autobiography. All UK first editions, except volumes 6 and 7.....