The Beatrice Letters (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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Top secret—only for readers deeply interested in the Baudelaire case. How I pity these readers.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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Overview

Top secret—only for readers deeply interested in the Baudelaire case. How I pity these readers.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Those who can't wait for The End to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events (book 13) due out on October 13 (that's Friday the 13th, naturally) with a 2.5 million-copy first printing can bide their time with The Beatrice Letters, which uncovers, in part, the mystery behind the lady to whom Lemony Snicket dedicates every book. A beautifully designed paper-over-board package contains the correspondence between the title mystery lady and the author, punchout letters that add to the intrigue, a full-color poster by series artist Brett Helquist all safely stowed in a handy accordion file. Miss it if you dare, as Snicket might say. And to be sure Unfortunate fans truly have everything. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060586584
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 60,806
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Biography

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & Noble.com. "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

Good To Know

Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A well writen story, to be read over and over

    This book is perfect for a Serise of Unfortunate Events fans. You can chalenege yourself with cracking codes. This book is beautiful in every single way. But beware if you think this book is going to be revealing the story around beatrice and lemony think again just when you think you figured it out a killer twist comes up.Filled with letter and such this book is great for a time filler and mind thriller.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    This Is What Is Needed

    Let me start this by saying...

    Anyone who read the series should know that every word Snicket wrote was an illusion to the civil issues of the time. This included same-sex marriage. Expect it.

    The point of the letters was to clarify what was left unsaid in the books. One thing that was left *not* unsaid was the fact that Mrs. Beatrice Baudelaire, the orphans mom, was a lesbian. I don't know why anyone would find that alarming; if you read the books, you would get that.

    It is important that if you are going to let a child read a book, let them read it. When you read all the way through a series and come to the crux of it all, there are going to be some things you might not have noticed.

    Furthermore, Snicket was an author; he never claimed to be a children's author. In fact, if you read past his birth name on Wikipedia, you would see his firsts books are ADULT books.

    I let my children read this despite what others thought. I'm not saying I take either side on the same-sex relationship case, but for me, excluding information from my children to make them think and feel a certain way about something is just as morally wrong as that issue may be.

    In all, this book exemplifies the traits set in the series; morality, trust, independence, and the trust in your own instincts.

    I enjoyed it, and my children did. Enough said.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    Homosexuality in Beatrice's Letters?

    I was laughing out loud while reading Lemony Snickett's Beatrice's Letters, when I happened upon this quote:

    "I will love you if you don't marry me. I will love you if you marry someone else-Your co-star, perhaps, or Y., or even O., or anyone Z. through A., even R.-although sadly I believe it will be quite some time before two women can be allowed to marry--"

    I don't know about you, but I don't think children should be indoctrinated about homosexuality behind their parents' backs. Interestingly enough, this quote is embedded in the longest letter contained in the book ... a letter that most parents would probably never even read. I was reading the book cover to cover intending to order the book for my fourth grade classroom. I will not be ordering the book.

    Lemony Snicket is a great children's author who should stick to what he knows best - making children laugh. He should not insert his personal philosophy in books intended for children. For those of us who believe that homosexuality is morally wrong, we don't need Snicket telling our children otherwise.

    4 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    If you've been following Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, then you've undoubtedly read of Beatrice Baudelaire. Who she is, exactly, is a mystery. And although this book is entitled THE BEATRICE LETTERS, don't think that you'll finally learn who Beatrice is. You won't. In fact, there's not a whole lot you'll learn about anything or anyone having to do with the series. <BR/><BR/>Don't get me wrong. THE BEATRICE LETTERS is fun. It's gorgeously packaged. It comes with a poster, a dossier of sorts that contains letters to Beatrice and letters from Beatrice. It has ingenious pop-out letters that you can use to attempt to decode a number of anagrams. It has business cards. It has pictures of a metal tool and a paperweight. It has, in fact, all manner of beautifully put together items that tell you nothing. <BR/><BR/>For the ultimate A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS fan, this is a book you must include in your collection. For the bored fan, this is a book that will provide you with hours of hair-pulling frustration as you attempt to decipher clues that seem to have no answer. For the mid-line fan, this is a book that just looks pretty. <BR/><BR/>For cleverness, ingenuity, and presentation, THE BEATRICE LETTERS gets 5 Stars. For content, or at least helpful content, the book gets 3 Stars. Overall, a 4 Star read, but one I would recommend most strongly to the biggest Baudelaire devotee.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    Lemony Snicket BOOK REVIEW

    Lemony Snicket's books are Outstanding.All Books Have no happy begining,Ends or middle! The happiest thing in the stories are that there parents died.Highly recommend For people who Need a Shocker!Plus that extra Books Like the on above Is always liked to a book somehow!Lemony Snicket is a GREAT Children's book writer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    If you've been following Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, then you've undoubtedly read of Beatrice Baudelaire. Who she is, exactly, is a mystery. And although this book is entitled THE BEATRICE LETTERS, don't think that you'll finally learn who Beatrice is. You won't. In fact, there's not a whole lot you'll learn about anything or anyone having to do with the series. Don't get me wrong. THE BEATRICE LETTERS is fun. It's gorgeously packaged. It comes with a poster, a dossier of sorts that contains letters to Beatrice and letters from Beatrice. It has ingenious pop-out letters that you can use to attempt to decode a number of anagrams. It has business cards. It has pictures of a metal tool and a paperweight. It has, in fact, all manner of beautifully put together items that tell you nothing. For the ultimate A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS fan, this is a book you must include in your collection. For the bored fan, this is a book that will provide you with hours of hair-pulling frustration as you attempt to decipher clues that seem to have no answer. For the mid-line fan, this is a book that just looks pretty. For cleverness, ingenuity, and presentation, THE BEATRICE LETTERS gets 5 Stars. For content, or at least helpful content, the book gets 3 Stars. Overall, a 4 Star read, but one I would recommend most strongly to the biggest Baudelaire devotee. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    code discoverd!

    my friend and i have recentley discoverd a code hiddin in this book.if you have read THE END you should be familair with this name BEATRICE.the message was that beatrice sank.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    I Do Not Recommend this book at all!

    The Books In this series are a waste of time. Do not read it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    WHAT IS THIS BOOK FOR??????

    This book is soooooooooo dumb!!!!!!! do not buy it!!!!!! it is complete and total waste of money!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this book!

    When it came in the mail,I was so excited!I ripped the package open immediatly.When I opened it up it was diffrent from any other book I've seen!The book has a file folder with a poster,and the acual book Beatrices Letters!I started reading it about 5 mins later.I found out some shocking secrets about Beatrice and Lemony!Maybe you can tell but,I'm in love with the serise of unfortunate events!I have read almost every one except for 3,4,11,and the very last book 13.I would give this book a 5 star rating.Overall it's cover is the best cover I've seen yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    i love lemony snicket!!!

    i love his books! even if the baudelaires don't exist...i still love his fantastic books! i finished all the books...book 1-13! kool! but i still have some questions that still remains in me that make me clueless about the children's life... and their parents and lemony snicket.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

    The BEST books!

    These are the best books you have ever held in your hands! I am an author'I don't mean to brag'and Lemony is my hero! Your exalincy , if you are reading this, you are the BEST author of all times! I have read all your books! They are amazing!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    I LOVE LEMONEY SNICKET!!!!!

    I think everybody should read The beatrice letters and guess what lemoney snicket is the father of the bauldlaires!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    A SIGHT TO BEHOLD

    FYI, you people do know that A Series of Unfortunate Events are based on FICTIONAL occurances, right? The orphans never existed. they are named after a French poet named Charles Baudelaire. they have no real real-world counterparts.and there are no real islanders because if you bothered to look at their names, you would notice they were all named after historic or literary characters (i.e Ishmael- Moby Dick by Herman Melville) Just to clear this misconception up. ok? now this book, if you love the series as much as i do, is a great companion to search the secrets of the FICTIONAL story. it is interesting to get involved in FICTION which is why this series is a huge hit. people want to escape their bland world by reading something remotely interesting, that point which is completely surpassed by this series. Mystery, intrigue, and FICTIONAL characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    CONFUSED but SATISFIED!

    I have read all thirteen of the books, seen Lemony Snicket in person, and NEARLY got my book signed...but he decided not to sign our books which made me VERY angry. Anyways, I loved this collection, though I tried to overthink it,looking for nonexistant codes. So Beatrice is there mother, but WHAAAAT is the VFD? Who is their father? And are the Baudelaires' parents REALLY dead?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Looks Awesome!!!

    I havent read this book yet but I am getting it today. Oddly my name is also Beatrice which everyone finds quite funny but I do not. I am hoping this book will be good bcuz all the other one have been so im lookin forward to it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    I LOVE LEMONY

    Lemony Snicket has done it again! He is a genius. I have been reading his books since I was in 3rd grade and i am in 6th grade now. I have reread the series so many times. I have already finished The end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    this is a great book

    i want more this book is outrageous!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    Great Book!

    This book got you ready for 'The End' because it adds mystery, so you want to know more. Excellent book would definately recommend to all of my friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    lemony snicket!

    this book really gives you a lot of questions but answers some of yours i finally got an ideao f who beatrice was and learned about count olaf and i cant wait unti i buy 'the end' i know its going to be awesome!

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