Lucy Pollard-Gott

I’m an author, psychologist, and critic whose research has centered on the psychology of the arts. I’ve published articles about the structure of fairy tales, what happens with repeated listening to music, the social psychology of our interactions with fictional characters, and my serendipitous discovery of fractals (!) in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. I hope to share some of this here, for interested writers and artists, along with my latest thoughts on fictional characters and what they are up to.   They always seem to be doing something new or reminding me of why their lives remain fascinating.

I like to tinker with my website, The Fictional 100, and tweet (@Fictional100) with wonderful folks I’ve met online about their favorite fictional people. When I stumble on great pictures, I like to pin them on my Pinterest boards.  I especially like to read what others are writing about books they like, stories that move them, or characters who have changed their lives. It’s a big world out there.

5 Responses to “About”

  1. Kyle Harvey March 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Is there an email that you can be contacted at? (Regarding the quantum/fractal nature of Wallace Stevens)


  2. Kathleen C PERRIN March 10, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Sorry, for some reason I couldn’t post this to your review, but I just wanted to thank you so much for your very thoughtful reviews of both my books, THE KEYS OF THE WATCHMEN and THE SWORD OF THE MAIDEN. I especially appreciated the time you took to consider how carefully I treated Jehanne’s story, not wishing in any way to take anything away from her remarkable accomplishments. I appreciate your background, your insight and your remarkable expertise.
    Kathleen C. Perrin.

    • Lucy Pollard-Gott March 10, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      Many thanks, Kathleen! It’s not my expertise but yours–you’ve crafted a very compelling story around a wonderfully natural character whom one can’t help but root for and follow eagerly through some pretty dangerous times!

  3. Suzanne Johnson May 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm #

    Dear Lucy: Your work is brilliant, and I am most interested in your writings about the structure of fairy tales. I will search for those now. Best wishes always.

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