Bentley, Eric, 1916-, American critic, editor, and translator, b. Bolton, England, grad. Oxford, 1938, Ph.D. Yale, 1941. A highly regarded and rigorously intellectual critic, particularly of the drama, Bentley is the author of such works as A Century of Hero-Worship (1944), The Playwright as Thinker (1946), Bernard Shaw (1947), What Is Theatre? (1956), The Life of the Drama (1964), The Importance of Scrutiny (1964), Theatre of War (1972), Brecht Commentaries (1981), Thinking about the Playwright (1987), and Bentley on Brecht (1998). He is also known for his translations of plays by Bertolt Brecht and Luigi Pirandello and for his editions of collected plays, including The Classic Theatre (4 vol., 1958-61). He was the drama critic for the New Republic from 1952 to 1956 and taught at Columbia, where he was a professor until 1969, and several other universities. Also a playwright, Bentley has written about a number of plays since the 1970s, on a wide variety of subjects including Galileo, Oscar Wilde, and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Ambler, Eric, 1909-98, English novelist. An advertising executive, he turned exclusively to writing after his realistic and innovative suspense novels became popular. Ambler has often been called the first thriller writer whose work succeeded as literature. His heroes are usually ordinary men who become accidentally or innocently involved in international intrigues. Several of his novels were made into films, e.g., A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939, film 1944), Journey into Fear (1940, film 1942), and Topkapi (1962, film 1964). Among his other thrillers are Passage of Arms (1959), To Catch a Spy (1964), Doctor Frigo (1974), and The Care of Time (1981). Ambler also wrote screenplays, including those for The Cruel Sea (1953) and The Guns of Navarone (1961).

See his autobiography, Here Lies (1985).

Heiden, Eric, 1958-, American speed skater, b. Madison, Wis. After competing in the 1976 Winter Olympics, he won three consecutive World Speedskating Championships (1977-79). In 1980 at Lake Placid, N.Y., he became the first athlete ever to win five gold medals in a single Winter Olympics. After his retirement from competition, he became an orthopedic surgeon and the medical director of the U.S. speedskating and cycling teams.
Williams, Eric, 1911-81, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago (1961-81). He attended Oxford and taught at Howard Univ. in Washington, D.C. (1939-53). Returning to Trinidad, he founded (1955) the country's first formal political party. He became chief minister in 1956 and prime minister in 1961. Elections in 1966 and 1971 reaffirmed his position. He led his country to independence within the Commonwealth of Nations (1962). Williams launched several ambitious five-year development plans, attracting foreign capital through tax incentives and acquiring foreign aid. He concentrated his efforts on the improvement of education and the development and diversification of industry and agriculture. Although of African descent, he faced increasing black militant opposition to his government. His numerous writings include The Negro in the Caribbean (1942, repr. 1970); History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago (1964); British Historians and the West Indies (1964); and From Columbus to Castro (1970, repr. 1983).

See his autobiography, Inward Hunger (1969).

Rohmer, Eric, 1920-2010, French film director and writer, b. Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer. He was a founder (1950) of La Gazette du cinéma, cowrote (1957) a study of Alfred Hitchcock, and edited (1957-63) the influential journal Cahiers du cinéma. One of the founders of France's cinematic "New Wave," he made short films in the 1950s before directing his first feature, The Sign of Leo (1959), in which he initiated his typically calm and intellectual style, emphasizing the flow of conversation and ideas and portraying little physical action. In 1962 he began a cycle of "Six Moral Tales," which explore relationships between men and women, achieving popular and critical success with My Night at Maud's (1969), Claire's Knee (1970), and Chloe in the Afternoon (1972). After two stylized period dramas, The Marquise of O (1976) and Perceval (1978), he began another contemporary cycle, "Comedies and Proverbs," highlighted by the acclaimed Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Summer (1986). Rohmer's later films include his "Four Seasons" quartet (1990-98), the historical The Lady and the Duke (2001), and his final work, Romance of Astrée and Céladon (2007).

See study by C. G. Crisp (1988).

Eric's Trip is a Canadian indie rock band hailing from Moncton, New Brunswick.


Eric's Trip formed in 1990 when musicians Rick White and Chris Thompson of The Forest joined Julie Doiron and Ed Vaughan (who was later replaced by Mark Gaudet of Purple Knight). They took their name from a Sonic Youth song and emulated the distorted guitar of Dinosaur Jr., the folk leanings of Neil Young, and the lo-fi aesthetic of Sebadoh. Rick White described their sound as "sappy melodic pop music on top of thick distortion."

Eric's Trip were the first Canadian band to be signed to Seattle's Sub Pop record label in the early 1990s. Another two Atlantic Canadian bands, Jale and The Hardship Post, were signed to Sub Pop in subsequent years.

The band broke up in 1996, but reunited in 2001 and August 2006 to play at the Sappy Records Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick. They reunited again for a series of shows in 2007 , including a show at the 2007 Halifax Pop Explosion. The band has announced tour dates for the summer of 2008.

Bassist Julie Doiron currently has a successful solo career, from 2003-2007 she performed with Shotgun & Jaybird, Rick White and Mark Gaudet play in Elevator, and Chris Thompson enjoyed some fame as Moon Socket. Thompson currently plays in The Memories Attack with Ron Bates of Moncton band Orange Glass. White produced Doiron's 2007 solo album Woke Myself Up, which features three tracks on which the entire Eric's Trip lineup worked together.





  • Eric's Trip EP cassette (Independent) – 1990
  • Catapillars EP cassette (Independent) – 1991
  • Drowning EP cassette (Independent) – 1991
  • Warm Girl EP cassette (Independent) – 1992
  • Belong 7" EP (NIM) – 1992
  • Peter cassette/CD (Murderecords), LP (Sub Pop Germany) – 1993
  • Songs About Chris 7" EP (4 songs) / CD5 (6 songs) (Sub Pop) – 1993
  • Julie and the Porthole to Dimentia 7" EP (One solo track by each of the four members) (Sappy Records) – 1993
  • Trapped In New York 7" EP (Summershine Records) – 1993
  • Warm Girl 7" EP (Derivative) – 1993
  • The Gordon Street Haunting 7" EP / CD5 (Sub Pop) – 1994
  • The Road South 7" EP (Sonic Unyon) – 1995


  • "Laying Blame" b/w Stove-Smother Split 7" with Sloan (Cinnamon Toast Records) – 1994
  • Pillow (Red) b/w Payday and Don't Spook the Horse... Split 7" with Moviola (metoo! records) – 1996


  • "Sickness" featured on Naked in the Marsh 10" Compilation of Moncton bands, 500 copies on green vinyl (NIM) – 1991
  • "Understanding" featured on Raw Energy CD Compilation (Raw Energy Records) – 1993
  • "Blue Sky For Julie/Smother" featured on Never Mind The Molluscs East Coast Compilation Double 7" set/CD (Sub Pop) – 1993
  • "Blue Sky For Julie/Smother" featured on Sub Pop Employee Of The Month Compilation CD/LP (Sub Pop) – 1993
  • "Laying Blame" featured on Trim Crusts if Desired East Coast CD Compilation (Cinnamon Toast) – 1994
  • "Evie" featured on Not If I Smell You First CD Compilation (Sonic Unyon) – 1995
  • "If You Don't Want Me" featured on Teenage Zit Rock Angst Compilation LP/CD/8-track (Nardwuar the Human Serviette/Mint Records) – 1995


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