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Lemony Snicket (the legal nom de plume of American novelist Daniel Handler) is the author of several children's books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best known work) and appearing as a character within the series.

As a character, Snicket is a writer hunted by the police and his enemies, the fire-starting side of the secret organization V.F.D. A member of the firefighting component of V.F.D. himself, Snicket meets and falls in love with another member of that group named Beatrice, to whom he becomes engaged. After Snicket is falsely accused of murder and arson, and finally (also falsely) reported dead, Beatrice moves on and marries Bertrand Baudelaire, becoming the mother of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the protagonists of A Series of Unfortunate Events. After Beatrice is murdered, Snicket 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.

Snicket is the subject of a fictional autobiography, Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. Other works by Snicket include The Baby in the Manger, The Composer Is Dead, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, and The Lump of Coal. Snicket is currently writing a new children's series. His complete works have collectively sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 41 languages.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of gothic children's novels Snicket which follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents' death in an arsonous house fire. The children are placed in the custody of their uncle Count Olaf, who begins to abuse them and openly plots to embezzle their inheritance. After the Baudelaires are removed from his care by their parents' estate executor, Arthur Poe, Olaf begins to doggedly hunt the children down, bringing about the serial slaughter and holocaust of a multitude of characters.

Since the release of the first novel, The Bad Beginning, the books have gained significant popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide, spawning a film, video game, and assorted merchandise. The thirteen books in the series have collectively sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 41 languages.

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American children's author Lemony Snicket signed with Egmont Publishing (UK) in August 2009 and Little, Brown and Company (U.S.) in November 2009 to begin work on a four-part children's series. Although Snicket has switched from his former publisher, HarperCollins, to Little, Brown and Company, he will continue to work with his longtime editor Susan Rich. The first novel is set for release in 2012. In August 2009, it was announced that Egmont Publishing had purchased the rights to a new series by Snicket. By November 2009, Little, Brown and Company had purchased the North American rights to the series. The series will have some overlap with his previous series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, but will not involve its protagonists, the Baudelaire orphans. Daniel Handler, the author behind the Snicket pen name, clarified that the series "is mostly an entirely new story. But if you are a close reader of the series you will see some overlap. There will be something for people who are hungry for that sort of thing." He reiterated: "It does have some overlap with the series, but it's not a continuation." Asked about his progress with the series in January 2010, Handler stated that he was "at the point that it's a twinkle in someone else's eye." He told The Scotsman that the series was "still kind of fetal", and that he would be writing it in 2010. The Times reported he is playing with a plot and title. The only hint to the story's plot provided by Handler was that the series will "approach that question mark from a different angle," a reference to the Great Unknown, a mysterious entity appearing in the final three novels of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Egmont publicist Jessica Dean stated: "If there's such a thing as a secret secret, this is one. He's working on it but it's shrouded in secrecy…He's busy investigating as only he would." Egmont Publishing officially stated, "The new series…at this stage cannot be named (for fear of jeopardising the final stages of Mr Snicket's investigations)."

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The Garden of Proserpine

  • …that the phrase "the world is quiet here" is taken from the first line of A. Charles Swinburne's poem "The Garden of Proserpine" (pictured), discussed in the eleventh novel, which begins "Here, where the world is quiet"?
  • …that, according to Lemony Snicket, the Baudelaire family is Jewish?
  • …that in languages such as Finnish where a distinction is made between maternal and paternal uncles, Uncle Bruce is translated as paternal uncle, which means his surname is "Spats"?
  • …that Mr. Poe, who has a congenital cough, is named for American macabre poet Edgar Allan Poe, who, in his short story "The Cask of Amontillado", wrote, "The cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough"?
  • …that the 1843 opera The Flying Dutchman concerns a phantom watercraft like the Great Unknown, and that theater critic Frank Granville Barker described the opera as "a voyage into the unknown"?
  • …that upon first meeting the Baudelaire orphans, Frank Denouement addresses the children in the Sebald Code?
  • …that Edgar and Albert Poe are named after prolific poet Edgar Albert Guest, whom Snicket describes as writing "awkward, tedious poetry on hopelessly sentimental subjects"?
  • …that in the French translation, Jerome Squalor is called Jérôme d'Eschemizerre and Justice Strauss Juge Abbott, prompting the later expansions of Jérôme-Salomon d'Eschemizerre and Juge Judith-Sybil Abbott to share the initials "J.S." with Jacques Snicket?
  • …that while Count Olaf was disguised as the receptionist "Shirley", her middle initial and last name were "T. Sinoit-Pécer", which spells receptionist backwards?
  • …that the Lousy Lane horseradish factory is named Opportune Odors, a synonym of Lucky Smells?

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Arthur Poe is a fictional character in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author Lemony Snicket. Poe is a banker in charge of the Baudelaire and Quagmire fortunes and the Baudelaire orphans' guardianship. He is distinguished by a congenital cough, purblind demeanor, and general inefficacy in caring for both sets of children. Poe is the first to bring the news of Bertrand and Beatrice's death to the Baudelaire children. As executor of the Baudelaire estate, he interprets the will's instructions that the children "be raised in the most convenient way possible" as meaning they should remain within the city limits, and arranges for their distant cousin Count Olaf to take custody. When the Baudelaires contact Poe at his bank (Mulctuary Money Management) to report Olaf's abuse, the banker points out that Olaf is acting in loco parentis, and can raise them as he sees fit. However, when Olaf traps Sunny in a birdcage and attempts to force Violet to marry him, Poe invokes citizen's arrest just prior to the count's escape. Following these events, Poe successively places the children under the care of Montgomery Montgomery, Josephine Anwhistle, Sir, Jerome and Esmé Squalor, and finally the Village of Fowl Devotees, acting as their temporary guardian in the interim. When the Baudelaires escape the village amidst accusations of murder (and later arson and kidnap), Poe is one of the few adults to maintain the Baudelaires' innocence and disbelieve the incriminating Daily Punctilio articles published by his sister Eleanora. When the Baudelaires return to the city to meet up with V.F.D., Poe intervenes on a tip from a "J.S." (initials variously used by Jerome Squalor, Justice Strauss, Count Olaf, Esmé Squalor, and possibly others) with the intent of clearing the Baudelaires' names and restoring his role as executor, but the children refuse to accompany him. After Mrs. Bass robs Mulctuary Money Management, Poe is placed in charge of the investigation, which leads him to the Hotel Denouement. When the hotel is set on fire, Poe is on the third floor. Whether he survives or not is left unanswered.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events
  1. The Bad Beginning (1999)
  2. The Reptile Room (1999)
  3. The Wide Window (2000)
  4. The Miserable Mill (2000)
  5. The Austere Academy (2000)
  6. The Ersatz Elevator (2001)
  7. The Vile Village (2001)
  8. The Hostile Hospital (2001)
  9. The Carnivorous Carnival (2002)
  10. The Slippery Slope (2003)
  11. The Grim Grotto (2004)
  12. The Penultimate Peril (2005)
  13. The End (2006)
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