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The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Updated on December 24, 2009

One of the most popular books ever written, The Pilgrim's Progress has been translated into more than 100 languages and dialects.

The Pilgrim's Progress, a novel by the English author John Bunyan, published in 1678. It is an allegorical dream-vision of man's search for salvation.

The hero, Christian, leaves the City of Destruction and journeys through such places as the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and Vanity Fair. Along the way he encounters opposition from such characters as Mr. Worldly Wiseman, the giant Despair, and the fiend Apollyon. However, aided by Evangelist, Faithful, and Hopeful, he finally reaches the land of Beulah and the Celestial City.

The novel was particularly celebrated for its simple, direct style and its vivid characters, each of whom represents a trait of human nature.

Part II of The Pilgrim's Progress (1684), describes another journey to salvation, made by Christiana, the Pilgrim's wife.


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