Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years.
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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. Add to Wishlist. Log In to sync your basket across devices. Home Academic Classic John Bunyan. A beautiful masterpiece worth reading and rereading—expanding and amplifying the wonder, yet maintaining the original essence.
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Now beginning its fourth century of popularity, this book has been copiously quoted by countless authors, preachers, and orators for hundreds of years. About Meet the Author. Beginning in , Bunyan suffered a crisis in religious faith that lasted for several years. He turned to the Nonconformist church in Bedford to sustain him during this period. His first writings were attacks against the Quakers.
Then Charles II was restored to the throne and Bunyan was arrested for conducting services not in accordance with the Church of England.
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He spent 12 years in jail. During this time, he wrote his autobiography, Grace Abounding, in which he described his spiritual struggle and growth.
During his last years in prison, Bunyan began his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, a two-part allegorical tale of the character Christian and his journey to salvation. Part I was published in and Part II in The second part deals with the spiritual journey of Christian's wife and sons, as they follow in his footsteps.
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With its elements of the folktale tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress became popular immediately. Well into the nineteenth century it was a book known to almost every reader in England and New England, second in importance only to the Bible. So great was the book's influence that it even plays a major role in Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott.
Such expressions as "the slough of despond" and "vanity fair" have become part of the English language.