Edwin Tunis

Edwin Tunis

The son of Oliver, an engineer, and his wife Julia, Tunis was born on December 8, 1897, in Cold Spring Harbor, New York.  Given the advancements of lighting, the family moved from place to place as Oliver installed an engine belted with leather to a generator to create electric lighting.  Each job took a year to complete, and then the family changed location.  The lack of a constant school environment may have negatively affected Tunis, as he didn't put much effort into his studies.  Not finishing at Baltimore City College nor at the Maryland Institute of Art and Design, Tunis nonetheless used the time to improve his artistic ability.

After joining World War I as a pilot and becoming a second lieutenant, Tunis returned to art.  He spent several years in advertising illustration and layout before turning to murals which then led to writing.  Oars, Sails, and Steam was his first book, and several award-winning books followed depicting early American life, including Frontier Living which earned a Newbery Honor Award in 1962.  His illustrations, attention to detail, and candid remarks makes his work appealing to readers curious about their country's past.  Tunis passed away on August 7, 1973, in Maryland.

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Chipmunks on the Doorstep
by Edwin Tunis
from Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
in Vintage Nonfiction (Location: VIN-NFIC)
Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry
by Edwin Tunis
from World Publishing Company
for 4th-9th grade
in Colonial America (1690-1765) (Location: HISA-17COL)
Colonial Living
by Edwin Tunis
from World Publishing Company
for 7th-10th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Frontier Living
by Edwin Tunis
from Lyons Press
Historical Reference for 7th-10th grade
Newbery Honor Book 1962
in Pioneer & Frontier Life (Location: HISA-19PIO)
$16.96
Frontier Living
by Edwin Tunis
1st Edition from HarperCollins
Historical Reference for 7th-10th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Indians
by Edwin Tunis
Revised Edition from Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Oars, Sails and Steam
by Edwin Tunis
from World Publishing Company
in Ships, Boats & Submarines (Location: HISV-SHIP)
Shaw's Fortune
by Edwin Tunis
from Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
for 4th-6th grade
in Colonial America (1690-1765) (Location: HISA-17COL)
Tavern at the Ferry
by Edwin Tunis
from Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
for 7th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Weapons: A Pictorial History
by Edwin Tunis
First Edition from World Publishing Company
for 9th-Adult
in Military & Weapon History (Location: HISV-MILIT)
Wheels: A Pictorial History
from World Publishing Company
for 7th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
Young United States 1783 to 1830
by Edwin Tunis
from World Publishing Company
for 4th-9th grade
in New Nation (1783-1801) (Location: HISA-18NN)