How Dark Can It Get

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Recommended Newsday article about'darkness' in children's books...

"You can trace unhappy endings to the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Early fairy tales were gruesome," says Susan Rich, who edits the Snicket books, written by 34-year-old Daniel Handler. Handler's books "are a natural outgrowth of Victorian stories, where bad things are always happening to orphans." Dicken's Oliver Twist comes to mind, but Rich thinks the Snicket stories also follow in the tradition of Dahl, who "portrayed fairly tragic, alarming scenarios for his young protagonists."

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