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
reviewing Henry Louis Gates's The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Amazon
"Status Anxiety: A worry, so pernicious as to be capable of ruining extended stretches of our lives, that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society and that we may as a result be stripped of dignity and respect; a worry that we are currently occupying too modest a rung or are about to fall to a lower one" - Alain de Botton, "Status Anxiety"