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The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)

by John Bunyan

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Since its first publication in 1678, The Pilgrim's Progress has never been out of print -- and that fact reflects the timeless relevance and wisdom of this long-form Christian allegory. The text follows the journey of the title character, Christian, as he makes his way from the earthly sphere represented by the "City of Destruction" to the "Celestial Sphere," which represents Heaven, battling sin, temptation, and every other conceivable vice along the way.

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Part 1 and Part 2 provide an interesting contrast.

I am often amazed to find major works written from a prison cell.
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  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
This was rewritten for children so it isn’t exactly like the original, but the vocabulary and the writing style was still a bit complex for kids. It’s a beautiful story and the illustrations were beautiful too, but I did have to slow down and explain quite a bit along the way because of how it was written. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
I first read this book many years ago, only because it was mentioned in Little Women - and I didn't like it at all. I thought that maybe I was too young for it and I didn't understand it, so I decided to read it again - and I still didn't like it. I think it was the last time I tried reading this book. ( )
  Donderowicz | Mar 12, 2024 |
This book is about a quest for virtue and the Path to Glory. An interesting read because this was one of the first novels in world history. The story is probably not very compelling to the average modern reader, but this is, given that it is an allegory on virtuous christian life, hardly surprising.
The storyline consist mainly of an enumeration of various trials, obstacles and people Christian, the main character, meets on his way to The Celestial City / Heaven / Eternal life / God. It quickly becomes boring, but since I was interested in the development of the European Novel through the centuries, I decided to keep on reading. ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
To think that The Pilgrim's Progress was first published in 1678 and it’s still around speaks to its enduring relevancy. The level of sophistication is significant. Each character, location, and event in the story symbolizes spiritual truths and moral lessons. The book explores themes such as the nature of faith, the trials and tribulations of the Christian life, and the ultimate reward awaiting the faithful. Overall, it’s a profound allegorical representation of the Christian journey in simple and straightforward words, which makes it accessible to us modern readers and relevant for readers interested in spiritual and moral reflections. ( )
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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
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
Pooley, RogerEditorsecondary 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
Wehnert, Edward HenryIllustratorsecondary 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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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.

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Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML:

Since its first publication in 1678, The Pilgrim's Progress has never been out of print -- and that fact reflects the timeless relevance and wisdom of this long-form Christian allegory. The text follows the journey of the title character, Christian, as he makes his way from the earthly sphere represented by the "City of Destruction" to the "Celestial Sphere," which represents Heaven, battling sin, temptation, and every other conceivable vice along the way.

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