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Pages from History: John Bunyan – Author of Pilgrim’s Progress is born

John Bunyan

John Bunyan

28 November, 1628: English preacher John Bunyan (d. 31August,1688), author of more than 60 books, including the famous Pilgrim’s Progress, is born in Elston, England.

In 1655, Bunyan was baptized by immersion by Pastor John Gifford of Bedford and called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bunyan was arrested November 12, 1660, for preaching without the approval of the Anglican Church. He was charged with “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and was in jail more than twelve years.

His most well-known work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, was written while in the Bedford jail. During Bunyan’s lifetime there were 100,000 copies circulated in the British isles, besides several editions in North America. It has been continuously in print since its first printing. Bunyan’s remarkable imagery was firmly rooted in the Reformation doctrines of man’s fallen nature, grace, imputation, justification, and the atonement–all of which Bunyan seems to have derived directly from Scripture. ~ http://www.chapellibrary.org

John Bunyan’s Works
The Collected Works of John Bunyan was carefully edited by George Offor, first published in 1853 and revised in 1862. These files are from the 1862 edition.

These pdf books can be downloaded at no cost and read for free. It can be accessed at http://www.chapellibrary.org/literature/bunyan/

Pages from History: 31 August, 1688: John Bunyan dies.

English Puritan writer and preacher John Bunyan, author of “Pilgrim’s Progress” dies at the age of 69. Though one of England’s most famous authors even in his own day, he maintained his pastoral duties to his death, which was caused by pneumonia he caught while riding in the rain to reconcile a father and son.

John Bunyan

John Bunyan

John Bunyan's  grave at Bunhill Fields, London.

John Bunyan’s grave at Bunhill Fields, London.

Publication of “Pilgrim’s Progress” in 1678

18 February, 1678: John Bunyan publishes the” Pilgrim’s Progress”. Puritan preacher John Bunyan publishes “The Pilgrim’s Progress” the best selling book (apart from the Bible) in history. The allegorical tale, which describes Bunyan’s own conversion process, begins  “…I saw a man clothed with rags…. A book in his hand and a great burden upon his back.”

The Pilgrim’s Progress, was first published in Holborn, London in an edition of 191 pages. It was an immediate success with more editions until Bunyan’s death in August 1688. The English text comprised some 108,260 words and it has never been out of print. It is been read around the world  and translated into more than 200 languages.