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Ideas of W Wimsatt/W Beardsley, by Text

[American, fl. 1954, Professors at Yale and Temple Univerities.]

1946 The Intentional Fallacy
p.114 Intentions either succeed or fail, so external evidence for them is always irrelevant [Davies,S]
žI p.92 The author's intentions are irrelevant to the judgement of a work's success
žI p.93 The thoughts of a poem should be imputed to the dramatic speaker, and hardly at all to the poet
žI p.93 Poetry, unlike messages, can be successful without communicating intentions
žII p.94 The intentional fallacy is a romantic one
žIV p.98 Biography can reveal meanings and dramatic character, as well as possible intentions