Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972. Boston: Little, Brown, 1 April. Nonfiction narrative, 499 pp., $12.50.
Dedication and acknowledgment: “To the memory of my father; In particular appreciation—Willie Morris, Midge Decter, Tom Griffith, Ralph Graves, Jack Newcombe, Molly Malone Cook, Mary Oliver, Suzanne Nye.” Discarded title: “Superman, Old Sock, Chicago and the Godfather.” Along with a new preface, this collection contains four previously published narratives on political conventions: “Superman Comes to the Supermarket” (60.9); “In the Red Light” (64.20); Miami and the Siege of Chicago (68.25); and St. George and the Godfather (72.17). Mailer quotes from the preface to 76.5 in the foreword to 98.7. See 73.35, 74.7, 92.10, 96.8, 97.1.
…in the years from 1960 to 1972 there was some easy marriage between my literary desires and my ability to perceive a fair amount of what was happening in those clouds of moral ambiguity where politics itself existed. So it may be right to put these four pieces together now into a book. They may even justify my confidence that the world (not the techniques but the world) of fiction can be brought to the facts of journalism. (76.5)