John R. Tunis William Jay Jacobs - Essay

William Jay Jacobs

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Whether wars really are lost or won on the playing field is of course debatable. Still, few persons would deny that important lessons sometimes may be learned there. John R. Tunis, now in his seventies, has written about sport as it relates to the larger questions of life in some two thousand articles and a score of books perennially popular with young people…. The qualities Tunis prizes—courage, persistence, teamwork, the evaluation of people according to merit instead of race or religion or social class—underlie his books….

Tunis' appeal is to those who want simply to read exciting sports stories. Whatever "message" he imparts comes through vivid incidents and realistic characterizations....

(The entire section is 742 words.)