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A 10 page paper which examines the bizarre life and career the elusive author of the popular series of children’s books about the misadventures of the three unfortunate Baudelaire siblings as well as discusses the real-life man behind the author, Daniel Handler. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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conclusion and the author/protagonist lives happily ever after, then Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography clearly is not for you. But if you happen to be a preadolescent who enjoys
Gothic novels of the Harry Potter vein or an adult with an insatiable appetite for biting satire, then Lemony Snickets autobiography will be a veritable feast. It professes to
be a tell-all tome about the man who has steadfastly reported the trials and tribulations of three unfortunate orphans. However, instead of clarifying certain misconceptions about Mr. Snicket and
his literary quest, it reveals him to be a most elusive subject. It is recommended that before reading this whimsical and hilariously funny text, one should first read Snickets
seven narratives about Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The
Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival. They provide the perfectly irreverent introduction to an "autobiography" that is quite unlike any other. The complicated life of Lemony
Snicket is reconstructed through an eclectic hodgepodge of amusing letters, "Dear Dairy" entries, newspaper articles, blueprints, meeting minutes and faded photographs, the authenticity of which always must be questioned (Giorgis
and Johnson 408). The autobiography is subdivided into thirteen (not coincidentally, the unluckiest of numbers) chapters and are posed as questions the text will purportedly answer, such as "Why
was Mr. Snickets death published in the newspaper?" and "Why has Mr. Snicket dedicated his life to the Baudelaire case?" (Snicket 1) The contents listing these chapter headings have
been crossed out with a typewritten message from "L.S." stating, "These are simply not the proper questions: In the interest of keeping the Baudelaire file as accurate as possible and