"...an excellent and comprehensive discussion of a debate that was initiated in this century in William Wimsatt's and Monroe C. Beardsley's influential article 'The Intentional Fallacy.'...this is a splendidly conceived and very useful collection of essays. Readers will want to take issue with the arguments of individual authors, but this is to be expected in a volume at the cutting edge of a fertile philosophical controversy."
—David Novitz, The Philosophical Quarterly
"This is a timely book appearing as it does when postmodernist views of the death of the author are disappearing quickly from the scene. As a collection it exemplifies the best work that is being done on this problem at the moment, and it will no doubt inspire further debate."
—The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
"[T]his volume contains important articles illuminating the central debate over the role and relevance of authorial intentions in literary interoperation."
—British Journal of Aesthetics