Oscar Lewis


Born
in New York, New York, The United States
December 25, 1914

Died
December 16, 1970


Oscar Lewis was born in New York City in 1914, and grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. He received his PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1940, and taught at Brooklyn College and Washington University before helping to found the anthropology department at the University of Illinois, where he was a professor from 1948 until his death. From his first visit to Mexico in 1943, Mexican peasants and city dwellers were among his major interests. In addition to The Children of Sanchez, his other studies of Mexican life include Life in a Mexican Village, Five Families, Pedro Martinez, and A Death in the Sanchez Family. He is also the author of La Vida: A Puerto Rican Family in the Culture of Poverty—San Juan and New York, which ...more

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The Children of Sánchez

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Five Families: Mexican Case...

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La Vida: A Puerto Rican Fam...

4.04 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1966 — 8 editions
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A Death in the Sánchez Family

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Los hijos de Sánchez / Una ...

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Pedro Martinez: A Mexican P...

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Tepoztlan: Village in Mexico

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Hawaii: Gem of the Pacific

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Bay Window Bohemia

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Four Men: Living the Revolu...

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“Consuelo: Away from them, I realised that they formed a circle, or rather a net in which they were enmeshed together. I was the only one out of it. Being near them only made me feel more alone.”
Oscar Lewis

“[...] vous savez, un doute fait plus de mal qu'une déception.”
Oscar Lewis, The Children of Sánchez

“Any issue, wrote he, the front page of which failed to elicit a 'Gee whiz!' from its readers was a failure, whereas the second page ought to bring forth a 'Holy Moses!' and the third an astounded 'God Almighty!”
Oscar Lewis, Bay Window Bohemia

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