New York: Random House, 1961. Hardcover. 8vo (9.1 in, 23.1 cm).  xxxi, 502  pp.; illus. Introduction followed by two-page genealogy.
First edition: First printing stated. American professor of anthropology, Oscar Lewis initiated the theory of a culture of poverty. Lewis chronicled the suffering and brutality as well as the hope and courage of slum communities worldwide. The Children of Sanchez is a scientifically researched novel based on an actual family whose poverty represents 80% of the world's population.
American Anthropologist, Volume 64, Issue 3, 619. Cloth binding with plain black covers; brown spine decorated and lettered in black and silver. Top edge clay as colored. Dust jacket with pictorial and lettered front panel and spine by Janet Halverson; rear panel with author's photograph and biography. Book stands straight. Bright cream text pages are pristine and unmarred. Dust jacket in clear archival protector. Front free endpaper with "Mona & Jess." Top edge of binding slightly rubbed. Jacket spine rear shoulder with closed tear along top half, top edge with short closed tear and chipping. First edition of a true and compelling composite story. Tight and clean first edition. Near fine / very good. Item #830