The author of The Pilgrimís Progress,
was born in 1628. His childhood was modest, and his education was most
likely limited. Through his life he worked as a tinker, while also
working as a minister. Bunyan joined the Parliamentary Army in the
English Civil War, and was imprisoned multiple times for his preaching.
After the Civil War, Bunyan went back to being a tinker, but had heard
what he believed was the voice of God. Having been baptised as a
Christian in his early 20s, he was appointed a minister in 1656. The
same year, he published his first book, Some Gospel Truths.
As a nonconformist preacher, Bunyan was arrested and imprisoned for
preaching without a licence. It was while he was in jail that he first
conceived of his best known work. It is believed that he further
developed The Pilgrimís Progress when he was returned to prison several
The first part of The Pilgrimís Progress was published in 1678, with the
second part following in 1684. The allegorical book was extraordinarily
popular and was widely read and translated for years after Bunyanís
Bunyan also wrote additional books, including his 1666 autobiography,
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. He also wrote a fictional
biography, 1680ís The Life and Death of Mr. Badman. Much of his writing,
though, was expanded versions his popular sermons.
While serving as the chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London, Bunyan died
in 1688. Much of his writing was published posthumously, and some of his
books have been adapted for film.