A Pilgrim's Progress (Hardcover)

Author: Bunyan, John

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John Bunyan's "A Pilgrim's Progress" is a quest story filled with drama, excitement, and adventure. On his journey of a lifetime to the City of Gold, a young man named Christian meets an extraordinary cast of characters, including the terrible giant, Despair, and the monster, Apollyon. Together with Hopeful, his steadfast companion, Christian survives snipers and mantraps, the Great Bog, Vanity Fair, Lucre Hill, and Castle Doubting. But will he find the courage to cross the final river to the City of Gold and his salvation?
This remarkable retelling of the classic novel, by the award-winning children's author Geraldine McCaughrean, brings Bunyan's story to life for a generation of young readers as McCaughrean neatly draws the drama out, gradually allowing the reader to conclude that Christian is not so different from latter day heroes after all. The engaging contemporary illustrations by Jason Cockcroft bring an added poignancy to the story of a youth with a mission in life. This volume is an ideal gift and a great introduction to the full work.


Publisher Overlook Pr
Mfg Part# 9781585676385
SKU 39957318
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1585676381
Release Date 6/30/2005
Dimensions (in Inches) 11.25H x 8.75L x 0.5T
Author Info
John Bunyan
Bunyan's autobiographical memoir, GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS,, written when he was 38 years old, is mostly a chronicle of his spiritual life; little is known about the practical details. Born to a humble family, son of a tinker, Bunyan was taught to read at a grammar school, but became a wandering tinker like his father. When he was 16, he was drafted into the army, where he served for three years, and soon after underwent a religious conversion, finding in Puritan ideas the remedy he sought for a restless conscience. In 1655 he became a preacher among the Bedford Baptists, who were known for pacifism and the strict interpretation of scripture. Married twice, Bunyan produced six children. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, it became against the law for anyone to preach unless he was ordained, and Bunyan was imprisoned in Bedford Gaol for 12 years. When he was released in 1677, he returned energetically to preaching in the more liberal political climate of the time. His great work, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, was published in two installments in 1678 and 1684. Bunyan died after being out in the rain and catching a cold.
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First Line As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a den; and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept I dreamed a dream.
Annotation Bunyan's allegory uses the everyday world of common experience as a metaphor for the spiritual journey of the soul toward God. The hero, Christian, encounters many obstacles in his quest: the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, the Wicket Gate, as well as those who tempt him from his path (e.g., Talkative, Mr. Worldly Wiseman, the Giant Despair). But in the end he reaches Beulah Land, where he awaits the crossing of the river of death and his entry into the heavenly city. "Pilgrim's Progress" was enormously influential not only as a best-selling inspirational tract in the late 17th century, but as an ancestor of the 18th-century English novel, and many of its themes and ideas have entered permanently into Western culture.
Editors Note A pilgrim named Christian undertakes a dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual obstacles along the way, in an illustrated retelling of the classic.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 09
Number of Pages 0112
Publisher Overlook Press

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