Author of the Month October 2016: Lemony Snicket
Daniel Handler is an American writer and journalist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, having published popular children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions under this pseudonym.
After a failed attempt at a first adult novel, Handler was approached by an editor to compose story for younger audience. He reluctantly accepted the task writing under the pseudonym, Lemony Snicket as he produced A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket is the narrator of the story of three Baudelaire children. These three orphans are reported to have fallen to an ill fate following their parents’ death and losing their house. The miseries in their life are brought on by their cousin Count Olaf. Each book in the series seems to intensify the theme of misery and distress.
In the preface of his first book in the series, The Bad Beginning, to the final one, he brazenly warned his audience that his books will not follow the course of fairy tales because they do not have happy beginning or endings. Despite the gravity of this statement and the content, the books garnered massive praise by readership of varying age groups. In fact, Handler narrated the three audiobooks in the series as Snicket. The Snicket series became an international bestseller with translation in 37 different languages. Other titles in the series include, The Beatrice Letters, The Lump of Coal, The Composer is Dead and 13 Words.
Check out his Brief But Spectacular PBS Newshour clip!