Sunday, 28 February 2010

On this day...

American author Daniel Handler, better known by pseudonym Lemony Snicket, was born in 1970. Having followed a reasonably usual education route, graduating from university in 1992, Handler attempted to publish under his own name. Yet having had his first novel, 'The Basic Eight', rejected 37 times due to the dark nature of its subject matter, Handler decided to acquire an alias, and chose to use Lemony Snicket.

The name has since been given a family history, a personal story, which includes felonies and secret societies, and the honour of narrating Handler's most famous works, 'The Series of Unfortunate Events'. The thirteen books, revolving around the lives and the ever increasing misery of circumstances of three orphans, have been translated into 41 languages and, as of May 2007, have sold 55 million copies. Handler has since further blurred the distinction of reality, by making several television appearances in which he is said to be Snicket's handler, or Snicket himself. Handler's next work, will be an adult novel about pirates.

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