The Pilgrim's Progress (Penguin Black Classics Series)
A new edition of one of the greatest allegorical stories ever written ? A masterpiece of the English Puritan tradition, "The Pilgrim's Progress" is rich in its imaginative power and its vivid and heartfelt language. It recounts the story of...
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A new edition of one of the greatest allegorical stories ever written ? A masterpiece of the English Puritan tradition, "The Pilgrim's Progress" is rich in its imaginative power and its vivid and heartfelt language. It recounts the story of Christian, who appears to the author in a dream, and his journey to Heaven through the trials and tribulations of life. He meets many like-minded pilgrims on his way, such as Faithful and Hopeful, but before they attain their goal they encounter the Giant Despair and the River of Death itself. Translated into more than one hundred languages, "The Pilgrim's Progress" continues to have an immeasurable influence on English literature.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born in Elstow, England, and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he believed God had done for a special purpose. In November 1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years.
Among the many writings he published during his imprisonment are The Holy City; Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; and the most famous, The Pilgrims Progress.
After his release, he became the pastor of a church in Bedord, England and continued to write and publish stirring works that have endured through time. Among these classics are The Holy War; Bunyan's Visions of Heaven and Hell and Journey to Hell: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.