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John Bunyan was an English author best known for his book, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Born in 1628, Bunyan was raised in a household of modest means and most likely educated with other poor country boys. He worked as a tinker before joining the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War.
After being baptised as a Christian, Bunyan was appointed a minister and, later, a deacon. Through religion, he began writing, with his first book, Some Gospel Truths, published in 1656. Bunyan was popular, but as a public preacher was open to attack. He was arrested for his preaching and was imprisoned for preaching without a license.
While imprisoned, Bunyan developed the idea for the allegorical novel that would become his most famous work. When he was released in 1672, Bunyan formed a nonconformist religious sect. A change in the law saw him return to prison, though he was released upon the urging of the Quakers.
Bunyan began writing The Pilgrim’s Progress, and the first part was published in 1678. The second part was published in 1684. Bunyan also wrote additional books in the same era, including an imaginary biography, 1680’s The Life and Death of Mr. Badman, and 1682’s The Holy War.
Bunyan’s work as an author frequently built upon his popular sermons. He died in 1688, and a number of his writings were published posthumously, including Of Antichrist and His Ruin and Christ a Complete Saviour, both published in 1692.