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The End

A Series of Unfortunate Events #13

by Lemony Snicket

The End
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  • Handler started writing the Lemony Snicket books after he published his first novel The Basic Eight.  The suggestion came from Susan Rich, a children's book editor who now works at Harper Collins. Initially he thought it a terrible idea thinking that the sort of things he would come up with would be totally inappropriate for a children's publishing house, but then he had an idea - which she liked, and the rest is history. 
  • His pseudonym came about while researching The Basic Eight, when he needed to contact right-wing organizations to get pamphlets and learn their dogma but didn't want to use his real name.  It quickly took on a life of its own and became an in-joke with his friends who presented him with Lemony Snicket business cards one year and invented a drink called the Lemony Snicket (Handler is partial to cocktails), it also came in useful when writing letters to the editor of the local paper as an undergrad,...

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