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The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)

by John Bunyan

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Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education! This classic allegory tells of a Christian's epic journey toward heaven and the many temptations and distractions he encounters along the way. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains before finally reaching the Celestial City.… (more)
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Bunyan, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aho, OiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnard, FrederickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, Henry MatthewIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G. K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cruikshank, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, EdwardWood-Engraver.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, GeorgeWood-Engraver.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Froude, James AnthonyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, George B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawkes, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hazelbaker, L. Edwardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsen, DanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesberg, SandyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, H. ElvetIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linton, J.D.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lovik, Craig JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maguire, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newton, JohnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Offor, GeorgeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pape, Frank C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pérez, Marta R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pipe, RhonaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priolo, PaoloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rhys, ErnestEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robertson, PatForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossett, Rosalie A. deEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmidt, Gary D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Selous, H. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharrock, RogerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sim, StuartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Small, W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Southey, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stothard, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sturt, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, James H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westall, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiersbe, Warren W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Witherspoon, Alexander M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wumkes, G. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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I have used similitudes.

Hosea xii.10
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To 'trav'lers of the past, their mem'ry to secure,
That cloud of witnesses, alive in Heaven pure.
For travelers today, to aid them in their trip;
To help them follow on, in Christ's directorship.
And future trav'lers, too, to help them run the race;
To heighten their resolve, their foes to all out-pace.
To my wife, who paid a price--putting up with me,
While I dwelt with Christian, and all this company,
To my children, each unique; help them hear a call
From the Lord of Glory, to give to Him their all.
And to the task ahead, in Bunyan's type of rhyme,
We send you, Pilgrim, out--again another time.

--LEH (in Modern English version)
And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them

(Hebrews 11:13-16).
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As I walk'd through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a Denn; And I laid me down in that place to sleep; And as I slept I dreamed a Dream.
When at the first I took my Pen in hand,
Thus for to write; I did not understand
That I at all should make a little Book
In such a mode; Nay, I had undertook
To make another, which when almost done;
Before I was aware, I this begun
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The author's apology for his book.
The first edition of The Pilgrim's Progress, of which an exact reproduction is now placed before the public, was issued by "Nath. Ponder at the Peacock in the Poultrey near Cornhill, 1678."

Preface (1875 facsimile ed.).
Since it's publication in 1678, The Pilgrim's Progress, has gone through thousands of editions and versions.

Preface (Pure Gold Classics ed.).
John Bunyan's The Pilgrims' Progress, first published in 1678, is acknowledged by many to be second only to the Bible as a Christian publication.

Foreword (Pure Gold Classics ed.).
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And all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
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Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education! This classic allegory tells of a Christian's epic journey toward heaven and the many temptations and distractions he encounters along the way. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains before finally reaching the Celestial City.

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