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Lemony Snicket:
The Unauthorized Autobiography

Lemony Snicket

  • (UA) "...possibly coded quotations in critical articles, reviews, and subpeonas."

    "...the author has been called
    "a fraud,
    "a criminal,
    "a bestseller, [see Publisher's Weekly]
    "a corpse, [see UA.back cover]
    "a fictional character, [Mr. Snicket has stated that his stories are as real as he is.]
    "an unreliable narrator, [(UA.11-12) Re: innaccuracy: "I suspect the name 'Robber Road' was chosen to emphasize the thieving nature of the chorus." (UA.19) Re: never vs. rarely: "although that would scarcely be as dramatic." Perhaps Mr. Snicket is defending the artistic liberties taken in his work, particularly The Unauthorized Autobiography, which seems to have many chronological inconsistencies.]
    "an objective flaneur, [He certainly dresses the part.]
    "an embattled gentleman,
    "a magnetic field, [see The Magnetic Fields]
    "an arsonist, [Mr. Snicket has been confused with Count Olaf.]
    "and late for dinner..." [see 2.27]

  • (UA.xvii) Mr. Snicket rarely attends parties.

  • (UA.3) age: "tall, with brown eyes"
    "Snicket had a promising scholarly career, beginning with a job as a theatrical critic -- in all senses of the word -- for this very newspaper [The Daily Punctillio], followed by the publication of several promising anthropomorphic treatises . . . This period of professional contentment -- and, allegedly, unrequited love -- ended when news broke of his involvement with VFD, and the accompanying scandal was reported in these very pages.
    "Mr. Snicket became a fugitive from justice and was rarely seen in public . . . "

  • (UA.5) worked there [The Daily Punctillio] as an undercover assignment

  • (UA.5-7) He took a trip on the Prospero from a fogged-in harbor.

  • (UA.11) He was born at Valorous Farms Dairy; "also became friends with the cheesemakers who lived on the premises. These cheesemakers, . . . remain very close associates of my [Lemony Snicket's] entire family."
    Often has to deliver secret information

  • (UA.13) . . . carried out of the kitchen by my [Lemony Snicket's] ankles, as is the custom . . . and the windows of the car were tinted . . .

  • (UA.16) He was a toddler when taken by VFD.

  • (UA.17) VFD came in through the windows, and took 'em away in a long black car.

  • (UA.18) On the day when the three Snicket siblings were taken by VFD, their mother was investigating who had taken the picture on pages 1 and 4.

  • (UA.19) VFD rarely (not never) brought the siblings back to their family home. Lemony and his siblings became members of VFD.

  • (UA.26) Lemony kept disguises, a typewriter, and bright blue accordion (his third favorite) at the home of the Duchess of Winnipeg.

  • (UA.55) This letter was not written at a desk, as was the norm.

  • (UA.57) This letter was written when Lemony was scheduled to meet with Dr. Sebald in a rowboat on Swarthy Swamp.

  • (UA.58) Whomever the letter from Lemony (pages 55-56) was addressed to was Mr. Snicket's second-to-last hope that the tales of the Baudelaire orphans could finally be told to the general public, HarperCollins being his last hope to do so.

  • (UA.58-60) Lemony describes himself as:
    Baudelaire biographer; a coward and a gentleman; the man behind the hedges; the man behind the story behind the orphans; a man who has never burned anything down; a man accused of burning something(s) down; a man who suspects others of having burned things down; a man who wishes things had turned out differently; a man who needs your help, please; a good man in bad trouble, not vice versa.
        The story of Lemony's life also concerns:
    the organization behind a great deal of trouble; deception; orphans; arson; a woman and an organization; a woman and another man; three initials, all of which are secret and consonants; three siblings, at least one of whom is dead [I propose that these siblings are the Snickets, and not the Quagmires.].

  • (UA.55-65) To whom was this letter, from Lemony, addressed? Indirect evidence suggests that the letter was addressed to Sally Sebald, sister of Dr. Gustav Sebald: the letter focuses on Dr. Sebald; the next letter in UA is from Sally to Lemony.

  • (UA.77) Lemony used to work at The Daily Puctillio as a dramatic critic, writing a section titled "A Night at the Theatre." He did so for over a year before being fired for giving Count Olaf a negative review.

    Page77 Page81

  • (UA.77, UA.81) Note the differences between the logos used on these different dates.

  • (UA.79) Lemony was engaged to the original lead actress of "The World is Quiet Here" at the time of his review.

  • (UA.96) He communicated with VFD through his articles in The Daily Punctillio. His cover was blown in his final review, after which he had to go into hiding (presumably from Olaf).

  • (UA.159) Lemony used a green notebook to keep track of some of the most crucial secrets in this sad and flammable world.

  • (UA.177) He "was whisked away from his family in order to join a noble organization. Or so I [Lemony] thought. . . . after a confusing if exciting childhood, I [Lemony] met a woman, fell in love, and was never happy again."
    Does this mean that Lemony did not meet Beatrice in his VFD training?

  • (UA.203) Re: Beatrice's death?

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