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Lemony Snicket
Image:Lemonysnicketgrave.PNG
Created by Daniel Handler
Portrayed by Jude Law
Information
Aliases Daniel Handler
Gender Male
Age Thirties
Occupation Writer
Relatives Jacob Snicket, Kit Snicket, Jacques Snicket

Lemony Snicket is a pseudonym used by author Daniel Handler in his book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, as well as a character in that series. An autobiography was published, entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography with an introduction from Handler. A pamphlet, 13 Shocking Secrets You'll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicket, was released in promotion of The End. Image File history File links Lemonysnicketgrave. ... Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970), is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. ... David Jude Law (born 29 December 1972) is an BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated British actor. ... Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970), is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. ... This article is about the Male sex. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Kit Snicket is a fictional character in a book series by by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... Jacques Snicket is a fictional character from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... For other uses, see Alias. ... Daniel Handler (born February 28, 1970), is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. ... This article is about the book series. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Daniel Handler a. ... Polish soldiers reading a German leaflet during the Warsaw Uprising A pamphlet is an unbound booklet (that is, without a hard cover or binding). ... 13 Shocking Secrets Youll Wish You Never Knew About Lemony Snicket is a promotional pamphlet containing information about The End, thirteen secrets about Lemony Snicket, and some new information on other books in his A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... The End is the thirteenth and final book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ...


Handler has also written some other books and short fiction under the Lemony Snicket name.

Contents

Name origin

Snicket (bearing a strong resemblance to Handler) as drawn by Brett Helquist in The End.

The name Lemony Snicket ostensibly came from research for Handler's first book, The Basic Eight. Handler wanted to receive material from organizations he found "offensive or funny", but did not want to use his real name, and invented "Lemony Snicket" as a pseudonym. [1] He would also use the name to write prank letters to newspapers, pretending to be outraged at a trivial news item. When writing A Series of Unfortunate Events, he and his editor decided the books should be published under the narrator's name, rather than his. [2] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Link titleBold text--82. ... The Basic Eight is a novel by Daniel Handler. ...


Biography of character

Life

Like the Baudelaire children, Snicket came from a family of three children. His brother Jacques and sister Kit were also V.F.D. members and friends of the Baudelaire parents. Both Jacques and Kit appear as supporting characters in the Series of Unfortunate Events books. He also knew Count Olaf in his early life, as the two attended school together. Jacques Snicket is a fictional character from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... Kit Snicket is a fictional character in a book series by by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... V.F.D. is a secret organization within the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ...


In his youth, Lemony Snicket attended a V.F.D.-run boarding school with several other characters from the series. He received later tuition at a V.F.D. headquarters in the Mortmain Mountains, and was employed at newspaper The Daily Punctilio after graduating. V.F.D. is a secret organization within the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... V.F.D. is a secret organization within the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... The Mortmain Mountains is a fictional mountain range in Lemony Snickets series A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... The fictional Daily Punctilio is a sensationalist newspaper from A Series of Unfortunate Events, a series of novels by Lemony Snicket. ...


During his early life, after meeting at school, Snicket conducted an ill-fated romance with an actress and V.F.D. member named Beatrice, revealed at the end of the series to be the mother of series protagonists Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Lemony and Beatrice were engaged to be married, but Beatrice broke off the engagement for unclear reasons (although the series heavily implies that she believed Lemony to be responsible for crimes committed by Count Olaf) and returned her ring to Lemony, along with a two-hundred page book explaining why the two could not be wed. She eventually married another man, Bertrand, and finally suffered a tragic death in the fire that destroyed the Baudelaires' mansion. Snicket frequently alludes to Beatrice in his narration and dedicates each Series of Unfortunate Events book to her. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Snicket was believed to be dead by the Baudelaire parents, as their book on Olaf-Land states that, following with the tradition of naming children after someone who has died, Violet was to be named Lemony if she was a boy. However, it can be assumed that since Klaus, the next born, was not named Lemony, the Baudelaire parents found out that Lemony was in fact alive, possibly because of a telegram Lemony sent to them (which appears in The Beatrice Letters). In A Series of Unfortunate Events, Olaf-Land is the name given by Count Olaf to the island on which most of The End takes place. ...


Snicket is also known to have been close friends with a woman called "R.", who was the Duchess of Winnipeg. This is a list of supporting characters in the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ...


Narrator and character

Daniel Handler calls Lemony Snicket during a reading of The End.

Lemony Snicket is a former theater critic for the fictional Daily Punctilio who has charged himself with the task of researching and writing the sad story of the Baudelaire orphans for "various personal and legal reasons." [3] He traces their movements and collects evidence relating to their adventures, but it is possible that he never met Violet, Klaus, or Sunny in person, though fans often identify him as a taxi driver who appeared briefly in The Penultimate Peril. As the series progresses it becomes increasingly clear that Snicket knew the late Mr. and Mrs. Baudelaire well for many years through their connections to V.F.D. However, as mentioned in The Hostile Hospital and The End, despite all of Lemony's research and hard work, he still does not know the current location, position or status of the Baudelaire children. Lemony was recruited by V.F.D. as a child, according to the Little Snicket Lad song[4]. In The Beatrice Letters, his niece, the daughter of Kit Snicket, who is also named Beatrice, mentions that she believes he is a detective of some sort, a reference to his investigations into the case of the Baudelaire children. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The End is the thirteenth and final book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Information Gender Female Age 14 at beginning of series, 16 at end of series Occupation Inventor Spouse(s) Quigley Quagmire (boyfriend) Relatives Mr. ... Klaus Baudelaire is one of the main characters in the popular childrens book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... Sunny Baudelaire is one of the main characters from Lemony Snickets series of books, A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... For specific countries see Taxicabs around the world. ... The Penultimate Peril is the twelfth novel in the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... V.F.D. is a secret organization within the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... The Hostile Hospital is the eighth novel in the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... The End is the thirteenth and final book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... Kit Snicket is a fictional character in a book series by by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... Beatrice Baudelaire is the name of two different fictional characters in the childrens book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... Gumshoe redirects here. ...


Snicket is frequently disparaging of himself; he has described himself as a coward, and at various points in his novels comments that he would not have been as brave as the Baudelaire children had he been in their situation. He also confesses that he has done things that were not noble, most notably the theft of the sugar bowl from Esmé Squalor. He has also implied that he had a part in the murder of the parents of the main antagonist of the series, Count Olaf. Cowardice is a vice. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Information Gender Female Age Adult Occupation Actress Financial planner Relationships Jerome Squalor Count Olaf Address 667 Dark Avenue Created by Daniel Handler Esmé Gigi Geniveve Squalor is a fictional character from the book series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events. ... Information Aliases Count Omar Al Funcoot Stephano Captain Julio Sham Shirley T. Sinoit-Pécer Coach Genghis Gunther Detective Dupin Mattathias Gender Male Age Adult (Deceased) Occupation Actor Address Count Olafs House Portrayed by Jim Carrey Created by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) Count Olaf is the main villain...


In the narration of the books, Snicket describes doing many unusual things in his free time, including hiding all traces of his actions, locating new hiding places, considering suspicious dishes, and researching the perilous lives of the Baudelaire Children. He claims to often write himself a thank-you note in an attempt to cheer himself up, but these attempts are always in vain. In The Grim Grotto, Captain Widdershins states that "Jacques's brother", obviously Lemony, was once part of his crew on the Queequeg. He is also implied to have been a member of the crew on one cruise of the ship Prospero. The Grim Grotto is the eleventh novel in the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. ... Captain Widdershins just says Aye!, when ending a word or a sentece. ... In the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, there are various fictional boats, and other vehicles which travel through water, where events take place. ... In the childrens book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, there are various fictional boats, and other vehicles which travel through water, where events take place. ...


Snicket's enemies are constantly in pursuit of him and often attempt to very forcefully denounce him. A frequent topic in Snicket's narration is the various traps set by his enemies and the actions he has undertaken to escape them. He is often said to be the victim of a world-wide conspiracy, possibly a reference to his enemies in V.F.D. This subject is often extended to Snicket's author blurbs and other publisher material not written by Snicket. A blurb is a short summary or some words of praise accompanying a creative work, usually referring to the words on the back of the book but also commonly seen on DVD and Video cases, Web portals and news websites. ...


Other work

Daniel Handler has also written or contributed to other works under the Lemony Snicket persona that are not related to A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has stated, "There's a chance some other matters may take up Mr Snicket's attention, that he may research and publish, but I'm always wary of making such promises." [5]


The first of these was a secular Nativity story entitled "The Baby in the Manger". Another Christmas story, entitled "The Lump of Coal," was published in USA Weekend in 2004.[6] As Snicket, Handler wrote an introduction and endnotes for The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, his favourite children's book, that referenced A Series of Unfortunate Events. A book of humorous quotes partly drawn from A Series of Unfortunate Events was published as Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid. Another "Christmas" story, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, was published in October, 2007.[7] For the Nativity of Jesus, see Nativity of Jesus. ... An Issue of USA WEEKEND USA WEEKEND Magazine is a national publication distributed through more than 600 quality newspapers in the United States. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music, the introduction is a passage or section which opens a movement or a separate piece. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Potato pancakes or latkes (sometimes spelled latkas) are a dish made predominantly of grated potatoes fried in oil. ...


An upcoming book written under the Lemony Snicket name is The Composer is Dead, a murder mystery designed to introduce young readers to the instruments of the orchestra; it was previously produced as an orchestral work by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Handler narrating as Snicket, and a recording of the performance is to be included with every copy of the expanded book.[8] The Composer is Dead is an upcoming book with CD[3] written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Carson Ellis[4][5]. It is a whodunnit about the orchestra. ... The San Francisco Symphony is a major orchestra based in San Francisco, California. ...


In an interview with the 667 Dark Avenue fansite, Daniel Handler alluded to more Lemony Snicket books focused on the world of A Series of Unfortunate Events. [9]


References

  1. ^ http://www.beatrice.com/interviews/handler/
  2. ^ http://www.beatrice.com/interviews/handler/
  3. ^ http://www.harpercollins.com/author/AuthorExtra.aspx?displayType=interview&authorID=14581
  4. ^ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Lemony_Snicket:_The_Unauthorized_Autobiography
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_5020000/newsid_5029000/5029046.stm
  6. ^ http://www.usaweekend.com/04_issues/041212/041212lemony_snicket.html
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Latke-Who-Wouldnt-Stop-Screaming/dp/1932416870/ref=sr_1_1/002-6176490-2364021?ie=UTF8&s=books&%20qid=1181744728&sr=8-1
  8. ^ http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/HarperChildrens/Parents/News/BookBuzz_SnicketSymphony_2006.htm
  9. ^ http://asoue.proboards11.com/index.cgi?board=documents&action=display&thread=1184328101

External links

  • Official site
  • Interviews and chapter excerpts (Official publisher web page)
  • Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, on creativity and the creative process, an interview with about-creativity.com June 14, 2007
  • Exclusive 667 Dark Avenue Interview

  Results from FactBites:
 
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3703 words)
Snicket often talks about Beatrice, the woman he loved (a reference to Beatrice Portinari, who was unrequitedly loved by the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri and appears as a character in two of his works).
Lemony asked her to marry him; they had known each other in rhetoric class at the V.F.D. headquarters since they were about eleven.
Snicket often uses strange and specific similes, in which an event in the story is described as being like a situation that would rarely occur, though Snicket goes into great detail about it, perhaps describing past experiences of his such as described above.
Lemony Snicket - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1128 words)
Lemony Snicket is a character created by Daniel Handler, and the pen-name under which Handler wrote the book series A Series of Unfortunate Events, which are narrated in the persona of "Snicket".
Snicket's works, in their style and subject matter, bear a striking resemblance to those of writer-illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000.
Lemony Snicket was disguised as a bullfighter when he was captured.
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