Mind Over Matter...
The work is essntialy a construction of ideas. The author then, is just the builder, the construction worker as it were. What we are really interested about the idea, just like we are only interested in the building but not in the punitive individuls who built the darn thing. When we read a work, we look for argumentation, point of view, thesis, and assertions. We do not look out for the man behind the work, how many dogs he has, does he have a white picket fence, blah blah blah... I think you get the picture. So if the idea is the key, the person is arbitrary right?
Oh GOD Baggage Do we really need him Therefore