- Maverick: The Life of a Union Rebel by Eric Hammond
Weidenfeld, 214 pp, £16.99, March 1992, ISBN 0 297 81200 9
‘“Bull,” I thought as I put the letter down on my desk. “You’re scared witless, Brenda.” ’ The style and address of Eric Hammond is unmistakable. He is here declining to be scared by a letter from Brenda Dean, ‘the pleasant woman at the helm of SOGAT’, trying to frighten him over EEPTU relations with Eddie Shah and Today.
Vol. 14 No. 13 · 9 July 1992
Bellerophon, far from being Alexander’s horse, was the rider of the winged Pegasus from which he slew the Chimaera. Alexander’s horse was Bucephalus. An obvious difference between these two pairs is that Alexander and Bucephalus existed but Bellerephon and Pegasus did not. Maybe Edward Pearce (LRB, 11 June) thinks of his job as mixing myth and reality. An alternative explanation is that the slip is Freudian. Although Bucephalus was to Alexander what Pegasus was to Bellerophon (wonder-horses tamed by the hero), Pearce has turned Bellerophon into Alexander’s mount and eliminated the mention of historical or mythical horses altogether. I think we need Peter Shaffer on this one.