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[An] amalgam of brilliant critical analysis and desperate personal pleading . . . The publication of Mariners, Renegades and Castaways by the University Press of New England this summer – the first time the book has been printed in complete form in nearly 50 years – is simply the latest evidence of a major James revival now under way . . . [James’s] posthumous popularity makes sense. Just as he argued that Melville’s novel ‘is alive today as never before since it was written,’ James’s work from more than 50 years ago neatly prefigured an impressive number of contemporary academic trends.