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5 Things You Didn't Know About Lemony Snicket

January 16, 2017 2076 Views

Lemony Snicket is the fictional, enigmatic author and narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. He's only been photographed under poorly lit circumstances – usually in a trench coat or suit – and only while striding away from view or turned from the camera. Though most certainly mysterious, here's what we do know about the man that started it all.


1) The man behind the penname has a pretty ordinary name

Lemony Snicket is actually a pseudonym used by author Daniel Handler, which he originally used when researching far-right-wing organizations and didn't want to appear on their mailing list! He even managed to use the name for takeout with his friends.

2) Handler used to make excuses for Snicket

When doing readings, Handler will say he was sent in place of Lemony Snicket, as he's inevitably never able to make it. In an interview with Wired, Handler recounted a public appearance that began with him announcing that Lemony Snicket had been bitten in the armpit by a giant bug and continued on to show the audience the culprit bug in a box.

3) As a child, Handler was terrified of being kidnapped

Handler, through Lemony Snicket, has published a manifestation of his early childhood fear in a way, which was being kidnapped. In an interview with NPR, he recalled that the tall tree - standing accessibly next to his bedroom window - was the source of the anxiety.

4) Every book is dedicated to Snicket's lost love

Each installment of The Series of Unfortunate Events is dedicated to the fictional Beatrice, who is later identified as his doomed love affair from his childhood, as well as the Baudelaire orphan's mother. The name Beatrice alludes to La Beatrice by poet Charles Baudelaire, which begins with "In charred and ashen fields without a leaf" which also alludes to the orphan's ill-fated situation.

5) He's a social justice warrior

As it turns out, Lemony Snicket is not merely a children's book author. Snicket has also authored "Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance," which playfully alludes to ailing issues regarding wealth distribution and social injustice, to name a few.

Learn more about the boy who became Lemony Snicket in the personalized series, All The Wrong Questions, available on Put Me In The Story.

All The Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket