John R. Tunis Raymond Swing - Essay

Raymond Swing

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Tunis is] the only outstanding writer in the [sports] field who can make fair play compete for interest with winning a game…. Mr. Tunis is not overtly a missionary for democracy and refuses to preach. But his best books take up such issues as racial discrimination and individual integrity, and no boy can read them without sharpened perceptions about his own values and without realizing that Americanism is something that begins inside himself in his relations with his comrades.

Though his "Son of the Valley" is about the TVA, most of the Tunis books are about a single sport. They follow a pattern used in most sport books for boys. They are written crisply, the story has to move, there is not much...

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