Edwin Tunis, author and artist, was born on December 8th, 1897. He was born in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and brought up in North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware, developing a lifelong passion for American history and culture. He studied at the Maryland Institute of Art.
He is known for his handsome social histories, his work distinguished by simple and elegant black and white drawings. Frontier Living, which tracks the manners and customs of American frontier life from the Revolutionary war through the 19th century migrations, was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1961. The Young United States (1783-1830), published in 1969, was nominated for a National Book Award.
Tunis died in 1973.