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Who Is Lemony Snicket?

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By Samarth Mohan, Loves Books

Lemony Snicket is the pen-name for the American author Daniel Handler.

I tried mailing his office once. The stock reply [reproduced below] was pretty funny.

Dear Writer,

Thank you for your message. When you wrote it, you probably thought you
might receive a reply from Lemony Snicket. You were almost wrong.

I'm sorry to tell you that a letter from Mr. Snicket could put you in
terrible danger. For instance, Mr. Snicket wrote a number of letters to a
woman named Beatrice, the most alarming of which are contained within the
book The Beatrice Letters, and she subsequently died a sad, horrible,
awful death that still plagues me to this day. This is an extreme case, of
course, but you can see why you would never want to receive a letter
signed by Mr. Snicket.

There is at least one thing more dangerous than a letter by Mr. Snicket,
however, and that is a book by him. Each of the books in A Series of
Unfortunate Events
have been more dreadful than the last. The End, the
thirteenth and final book in the series, is the most upsetting of all.

Sadly, your message to Lemony Snicket suggests that you may have already
read one or several of his books. While I'm sure he is somewhat grateful
for your interest in the Baudelaire case, hopefully it is not too late for
you to stop before The End. Wouldn't you prefer to read something else?

With all due respect,

Anonymous Representative
HarperCollins Publishers
Department of Vital Fan Disclosure

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