The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come; Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan (1628–1688) and published in February, 1678.
It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. Bunyan began his work while in the Bedfordshire county prison for violations of the Conventicle Act, which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England. Early Bunyan scholars like John Brown believed The Pilgrim’s Progress was begun in Bunyan’s second, shorter imprisonment for six months in 1675, but more recent scholars like Roger Sharrock believe that it was begun during Bunyan’s initial, more lengthy imprisonment from 1660–72 right after he had written his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. – Wikipedia
John Bunyan Biography
(baptised November 30, 1628 – August 31, 1688) was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. In addition to The Pilgrim's Progress, Bunyan wrote nearly sixty titles, many of them expanded sermons.
Bunyan came from the village of Elstow, near Bedford. He had some schooling and at the age of sixteen joined the Parliamentary Army during the first stage of the English Civil War. After three years in the army he returned to Elstow and took up the trade of tinker, which he had learned from his father. He became interested in religion after his marriage, attending first the parish church and then joining the Bedford Meeting, a nonconformist group in Bedford, and becoming a preacher. After the restoration of the monarch, when the freedom of nonconformists was curtailed, Bunyan was arrested and spent the next twelve years in jail as he refused to give up preaching. During this time he wrote a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and began work on his most famous book, The Pilgrim's Progress, which was not published until some years after his release.
Bunyan's later years, in spite of another shorter term of imprisonment, were spent in relative comfort as a popular author and preacher, and pastor of the Bedford Meeting. He died aged 59 after falling ill on a journey to London and is buried in Bunhill Fields. The Pilgrim's Progress became one of the most published books in the English language; 1,300 editions having been printed by 1938, 250 years after the author's death.
He is remembered in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on 30 August, and on the liturgical calendar of the United States Episcopal Church on 29 August. Some other churches of the Anglican Communion, such as the Anglican Church of Australia, honour him on the day of his death (31 August).
Works of John Bunyan
Between 1656, when he published his first work, Some Gospel Truths Opened (a tract against the Ranters and Quakers—has—who at the time were somewhat indistinguishable), and his death in 1688, Bunyan published 42 titles. A further two works, including his Last Sermon, were published the following year by George Larkin. In 1692 Southwark comb-maker Charles Doe, who was a friend of Bunyan's later years, brought out, with the collaboration of Bunyan's widow, a collection of the author's works, including 12 previously unpublished titles, mostly sermons. Six years later Doe published The Heavenly Footman and finally in 1765 Relation of My Imprisonment was published, giving a total of 58 published titles.
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It is the allegory The Pilgrim's Progress, written during Bunyan's twelve-year imprisonment although not published until 1678 six years after his release, that made Bunyan's name as an author with its immediate success. It remains the book for which Bunyan is best remembered. The images Bunyan uses in The Pilgrim's Progress are reflections of images from his own world; the strait gate is a version of the wicket gate at Elstow Abbey church, the Slough of Despond is a reflection of Squitch Fen, a wet and mossy area near his cottage in Harrowden, the Delectable Mountains are an image of the Chiltern Hills surrounding Bedfordshire. Even his characters, like the Evangelist as influenced by John Gifford, are reflections of real people.
Further allegorical works were to follow: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman (1680), Pilgrim's Progress Part II and The Holy War (1682). Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, a spiritual autobiography, was published in 1666, when he was still in jail.
Memoir of John Bunvan 01 Grace Abounding 01a Relation of Bunvan's Imprisonment 01b Continuation of Bunyan's Life 01c Bunvan's Dving Savings 02 Bunvan's Prison Meditations 03 The Jerusalem Sinner Saved 04 The Greatness of the Soul 05 The Work of Christ as an Advocate 06 Christ a Complete Savior 07 Come and Welcome to Christ 08 Justification bv Imputed Righteousness 09 Saved by Grace 10 The Strait Gate 11 Light for Those who Sit in Darkness 12 Treatise on the Fear of God 13 Doctrine of Law and Grace 14 Israel's Hope Encouraged 15 A Discourse Touching Praver 16 The Saint's Privilege and Profit 17 The Acceptable Sacrifice 18 Paul's Departure and Crown 19 The Desire of the Righteous Granted
20 Saint's Knowledge of Christ's Love 21 Of Antichrist and His Ruin 22 The Resurrection of the Dead 23 Some Gospel Truths Opened 24 Vindication of Gospel Truths Opened 25 Discourse on Pharisee and Publican 26 Defence of Doctrine of Justification 27 Reprobation Asserted 28 Questions About Seventh-Dav Sabbath 29 Of the Trinity and a Christian / Of the Law and a Christian 30 Scriptural Poems 31 Exposition of Genesis 1-10 32 A Holv Life the Beauty of Christianity 33 Christian Behavior 34 Caution to Watch Against Sin 35 Discourse of the Building of God's House 36 A Confession of mv Faith and Practice 37 Differences About Water Baptism 38 Peaceable Principles and True / On the Love of Christ 39 A Case of Conscience Resolved 40 John Bunvan's Catechism 41 Seasonable Counsel 42 An Exhortation to Peace and Unity 43 Bunvan's Last Sermon
44a Pilgrim's Progress - Introduction - Editor 44b Pilgrim's Progress - Synopsis - Editor 44c Pilgrim's Progress - Part I 44d Pilgrim's Progress - Part II 45 The HolvWar 46 A Map of the Order of Salvation 47 The Heavenly Footman 48 The Holv Citv. or The New Jeusalem 50 Discourse of the House of the Forest of Lebanon 51 The Water of Life 52 The Barren Fig Tree 53 The Life and Death of Mr. Badman 54 A Few Sighs From Hell 55 One Thing is Needful / Ebal and Gerizim 56 A Book for Bovs and Girls 57 The Struggler