Three major approaches to the debate over the existence and utility of the concept of the implied author are outlined. A history of the concept is traced from its origins in the writings of modernist authors and its first theoretical mention in the work of Jurij Tynjanov. A test case for the implied author is offered in which texts by single and multiple authors who produce either a single or multiple author image are examined. New areas of research produced in this volume are noted, including hypothetical intentionalism, the implied author considered as a verbal performance, the implied author of works of nonfiction, and multiple implied authors; lastly, areas for additional research are identified.

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