This aesthetic and literary condemnation is traced by Mr. Gates to an influential sally in 1949, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” by the writer James Baldwin, who attacked “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a “very bad novel,” ruined by its “self-righteous, virtuous sentimentality.” He found it racially obtuse and aesthetically crude.
Edward Rothstein, The New York Times, 23 October 2006, New York Times
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