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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 Poetry, unlike messages, can be successful without communicating intentions
žI p.93 The thoughts of a poem should be imputed to the dramatic speaker, and hardly at all to the poet
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