The Pilgrim's Progress Author:John Bunyan "The world has had Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress for nearly three centuries now, and what first appeared in 1678 as a dumpy and badly printed little pocket pamphlet ... has become one of the classics of European literature. Perhaps only the Bible has traveled farther and more widely and been translated into the languages of more different rac... more »es and peoples ...
The Pilgrim's Progress has inspired paintings by William Blake, music by Vaughan Williams, and innumerable representations and compositions by lesser artists.
... It has supplied titles and themes for many authors ... The title of Bunyan's book is itself one of the happiest in literature. As few authors have ever been able to do, he took two common words -- pilgrim and progress -- and gave them a special and magical association ... for all time to come."
-- From the introduction by Alexander M. Witherspoon« less