Michel Foucault (1926 - 1984) was a French philosopher, theorist and historian of ideas. In his essay 'What is an Author?' he addresses the link between the author and the text, he argues that authorship doesn't need to be attached to a certain person or source. He discusses the idea of taking away the author, would that subtract from the work? Does the Authors name have such a powerful role? In his essay his arguments suggest that the historical social society should be considered before arguing the importance of the author and the role in which they play.