Very little is known about Ivan's life other than his discovery of Lake Lachrymose.
His story appears in a tedious biography entitled Ivan Lachrymose: Lake Explorer. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography reveals that the book was written so V.F.D. could hide important documents between pages 302 and 303.
- "Ivan Lachrymose: Lake Explorer" has been written by Vincent Francis Doyle and published by Very False Documents Press, both of which are obvious references to V.F.D. Furthermore, it is also one of the books Kit Snicket (as Ms. K) assigned her students to read during her time at Prufrock Preparatory School.