2002 1st edition "First Edition 2002" stated; Harper Collins Publishers, New York; hardbound in wonderful pictoral boards with black lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; full of great pictures and illustrations; dust jacket is peculiar since it can be reversed and then has a message "Hey, Kidz!"; overall a great book in very good condition.
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is a fictional "autobiography" of A Series of Unfortunate Events author and character Lemony Snicket. It was published on May 1, 2002.
Although it is labeled "Unauthorized" for humor, the book is in fact official. Beginning with a multi-layered introduction by Daniel Handler that encompasses twelve of the book's thirteen chapters, the book is largely made up of facsimile documents, such as old newspaper excerpts and letters, as well as excerpts from other books. The book also uses a mixture of black-and-white photography by Meredith Heuer and Julie Blattberg and 1930s photography gathered from an archive of photographs originally used for other purposes. It has a reversible cover, making it possible to disguise the autobiography as The Luckiest Kids in the World: The Pony Party. The reversible cover also includes a back cover summary which describes the book as "delightfully appropriate".
The book helps clear up some loose ends from the series, but it also introduces many more mysteries, as well as elucidates details which readers might have missed in previous books. It also answers and raises many questions about the mysterious V.F.D. organization, a key player in A Series of Unfortunate Events.