Lemony Snicket (the legal nom de plume of American novelist Daniel Handler) is the author of several children's books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best known work) and appearing as a character within the series.
As a character, Snicket is a writer hunted by the police and his enemies, the fire-starting side of the secret organization V.F.D. A member of the firefighting component of V.F.D. himself, Snicket meets and falls in love with another member of that group named Beatrice, to whom he becomes engaged. After Snicket is falsely accused of murder and arson, and finally (also falsely) reported dead, Beatrice moves on and marries Bertrand Baudelaire, becoming the mother of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, the protagonists of A Series of Unfortunate Events. After Beatrice is murdered, Snicket embarks on a quest to chronicle the lives of the Baudelaire children until they become old enough to face the troubles of the world on their own.
Snicket is the subject of a fictional autobiography, Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. Other works by Snicket include The Baby in the Manger, The Composer Is Dead, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, and The Lump of Coal. Snicket is currently writing a new children's series. His complete works have collectively sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 41 languages.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of gothic children's novels Snicket which follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents' death in an arsonous house fire. The children are placed in the custody of their uncle Count Olaf, who begins to abuse them and openly plots to embezzle their inheritance. After the Baudelaires are removed from his care by their parents' estate executor, Arthur Poe, Olaf begins to doggedly hunt the children down, bringing about the serial slaughter and holocaust of a multitude of characters.
Since the release of the first novel, The Bad Beginning, the books have gained significant popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide, spawning a film, video game, and assorted merchandise. The thirteen books in the series have collectively sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 41 languages.