The Chimaera. Nathaniel HawthorneThe Chimaera, an alternate name for Pegasus, was published in Hawthorne′s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851). The 1883 edition features illustrations by Walter Crane. In Greek mythology, a chimaera is a fire-breathing female creature with the body of a lion. You may enjoy an alternate version by Hawthorne, titled Pegasus, The Winged Horse.