The Pilgrim’s Progress

by John Bunyan

The Pilgrim’s Progress is a Christian Allegory written by John Bunyan and published in 1678. The book is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious literature and has been translated into more than 200 languages. John Bunyan began his work while in jail for holding religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England.  Scholars like Roger Sharrock believe that it was begun during Bunyan’s initial, more lengthy imprisonment from 1660–72.

The English text comprises two parts, each reading as a continuous narrative with no chapter divisions. The first part was completed in 1677   After the first edition of the first part in 1678, an expanded edition, with additions written after Bunyan was freed, appeared in 1679. The Second Part appeared in 1684.

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