The UVic Writer's Guide
The narrator is the character who is telling the story, or is assumed to be
speaking in a poem or novel. The narrator is to be distinguished
from the author of the work -- even if it is assumed to be autobiographical.
Thus it is possible for the author to create an ironical distance
from the narrator, who may be naive or fallible.
A distinction is sometimes made also between the narrator, the
author, and the implied author; the implied author is a presence inferred by the reader as the
guiding personality behind the work, not necessarily synonymous
with the actual author, who may have written other books with
different implied authors.
For a discussion of the different kinds of narrator, see point of view.
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