The Pilgrim's Progress (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) [NOOK Book]

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The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable ...
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The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
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  • Comments by other famous authors
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  • Bibliographies for further reading
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Faith, Hope, Mercy, Envy, Ignorance, Guilt: These are not abstract concepts, but the names of vividly imagined, sharply drawn human characters encountered by Christian, the hero of The Pilgrim’s Progress. In John Bunyan’s seventeenth-century allegory of the soul’s search for salvation, each step along the way becomes a dramatic rendering of an inner state of the human psyche. As Christian journeys from “the wilderness of this world” to the glory of the Celestial City, he confronts a seemingly endless array of temptations, threats, and dangers, including the nearly irresistible allure of material splendor at Vanity Fair; the crushing psychological burden of depression and despair in the Slough of Despond; and the fear and uncertainty that eats away at faith in Doubting Castle.

This edition includes both the first and second parts of The Pilgrim’s Progress, which collectively reflect the feverish intensity of Bunyan’s religious beliefs. What remains significant is Bunyan’s ability to transform this intensity into an allegory that speaks to people of all faiths and all eras.

David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. His books include Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and Ideology (second edition 2003), and he has contributed articles to The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411432925
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 70,636
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

David Hawkes is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. His books include Idols of the Marketplace (2001) and Ideology (second edition 2003), and he has contributed articles to The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Journal of the History of Ideas.
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From David Hawkes’s Introduction to The Pilgrim’s Progress

To understand fully The Pilgrim’s Progress, we must remember that it was written in prison. Imprisonment is its major theme, and escape from prison is its primary purpose. Although Bunyan was without a doubt incarcerated in the literal, physical sense while he composed his work, he did not believe that he was truly in jail. He was convinced that, as Richard Lovelace had written in “To Althea, from Prison” (1642), “Stone walls do not a prison make, / Nor iron bars a cage,” and Bunyan echoed the sentiment in his own “Prison Meditations” (1665; quoted from The Works of John Bunyan, edited by George Offor, vol. 1, p. 64; see “For Further Reading”):

I am, indeed, in prison now

In body, but my mind

Is free to study Christ, and how

Unto me he is kind.



For though men keep my outward man

Within their locks and bars,

Yet by the faith of Christ I can

Mount higher than the stars.

As far as Bunyan was concerned, the real prisoners were outside the walls, in the world. The Pilgrim’s Progress aims to establish two deeply counterintuitive propositions: that its author is not in jail, and that its readers are. But while Bunyan argues that the world is the prison of the soul, he also offers us a way to escape from the world. The book’s subtitle, From This World to That Which Is to Come, indicates our ultimate destination, but the world “to come” is to be reached by a way not measurable in space or time. The pilgrim’s progress is not a literal journey along a physical road, but an exercise in semiotics: a reinterpretation of the world. As Stanley Fish puts it, Bunyan’s work teaches us that “the truth about the world is not to be found within its own confines or configurations, but from the vantage point of a perspective that transforms it” (Self-consuming Artifacts, p. 237).

In the course of his journey the hero, named Christian, learns to understand the world as an allegory. He comes to perceive his experience as a series of signs that point toward nonmaterial, spiritual referents, and this constitutes his liberation. But before he can escape from prison, he must become aware that he is in one. The progress toward an allegorical interpretation of reality is simultaneously a process of alienation from the mundane world of experience. The Pilgrim’s Progress shows us a man who becomes a stranger to the world, to the extent of rejecting empirical sense perception, as well as the laws, morality, and behavioral standards of society. The first lesson Christian learns after his conversion is that “Mr. Worldly Wiseman is an alien.”

Allegory has often been described as a suitable mode to represent the alienated, objectified character of worldly experience. This line of reasoning originates with Walter Benjamin’s seminal analysis of the genre in The Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928). Benjamin argues that allegory’s purpose is to teach us that the experiential world—the “carnal” or “fleshly” dimension, in Bunyan’s terms—is fallen into a disharmonious relation with its Creator: “Allegory itself was sown by Christianity. For it was absolutely decisive for this mode of thought that not only transitoriness, but also guilt should seem evidently to have its home in the province of idols and of the flesh” (p. 224). Plato had argued that, because the material world is transitory, it is also illusory, and to take empirical appearances for reality thus constitutes a philosophical error. But Christianity introduced an ethical dimension to this argument. From the Christian perspective, taking appearances for reality is not only erroneous, but also sinful, and in The Pilgrim’s Progress, understanding this fact is the first step on the way to redemption. This is a paradoxical operation, however, for the process of understanding that creation is alienated from the Creator simultaneously involves the recognition of another, spiritual, realm to which the carnal world points the way.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Find another edition

    The book is excellent, but the folks at B&N should be embarrassed to offer this badly scanned nook book edition. Notes and marginal comments appear in-line in the same font as the text and interrupt the flow of reading. Words are sometimes split randomly or shift in their middle between plain and italic. Words that should be bolded aren't. Poetry is set as prose at random. Apostrophes are mis-scanned as question marks. Apparently no one bothered to proofread the scan results. The editorial notes also detract from the text on which they are supposed to comment. since they are often trivial and sometimes plain wrong. This is truly a sorry transfer from text to ebook and unworthy of Bunyan's masterpiece.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    The Most Helpful Book to Get Outside Your Modern Paradigm

    There is a reason this book has not been out of print since it was first published in the late 1670s. It remains relevant. One of the most insightful and honest descriptions of the Christian Life, far better than modern writers can even come close. It is the quintessential Christian allegory, ahead even of Chronicles of Narnia.

    Brilliant insights, life-changing.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    confusing layout - not my favorite version

    It seems a lot of the footnotes, etc., get jumbled in with the text. It's frustrating to navigate.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    The Pilgrims Progress: The true definition of a classic!

    Though an exhilirating tale of adventure and grandiose excitement if epic proportions it is still so much more than that. NEVER a substitute for the Word of God, but a wonderful contemporary study guide piece that every christian should read and will enjoy when presented with the opportunity!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Fantstic book

    This is a great read of an allegory about a man's travelling the path of life being akin to a man's attempt at travelling the path to religious redemption. The writing style is, of course, heroic-epic; and, the author does an admirable job at staying true to the character and the plot. I recommend it to anyone whom appreciates epic.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2009

    Beautiful edition of Pilgrim's Progress-excellent Table of Contents

    This book contains a very detailed table of contents, and a different formatting of the inline references (which makes it easier to read than most other versions of this book that I've seen). Great book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A Beautiful Allegory

    Pilgrim's Progress is a wonderful allegory of our Christian walk. It is so wonderfully written, despite the fact that John Bunyan only had an eigth grade education. I love how Scripture is continually intertwined with the characters' dialouge. I also enjoyed the story of Christiana who later falls in her husband's footsteps.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Wrong book here! This is some other kind of allegory or story--n

    Wrong book here!
    This is some other kind of allegory or story--not anything Bunyan would have liked.  
    Seems a Catholic kind of tale.  It is a scam, as it is NOT Pilgrim's Progress on the inside.  
    Please correct the title and description of it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2005

    ' A John Bunyan Classic.' (Overall Thriller of adventure- to the celestial city)

    This book get 5 stars right off the back. the only set back is reading the old english. basically this book is about Christian going on an adventure to the celestial city, and runs into fearsome dangers.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    a very good story

    a very good book and it's like narnia except without the animals and stuff like that but this is a good story to read to your children.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2010

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    Be Progressive! Be, Be Progressive!

    Pilgrim's Progress is a great book because everyone can identify with it, whether you are a Christian or not. You can find a friend in Christian when you most need one. Though its a little slow and gets boring in some parts, this book is still a classic and should be read at least once, by everyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Classic

    A classic among classics. The imagery and allegory are stunning. A must read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    Will Never Get Old

    I have already read this book numerous times and it just never gets old. I have recommended it to all my friends and family. I really profited from this book spiritually.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Good book

    This book is inspirational and makes me think about my relationship with Christ, but it is a very long, drawn out book and, as a ninth grader, is difficult to always understand. The book is about Christian, as he travels along the narrow road to the Celestial City. It applies all that is said in the Bible about how we should act as we live life and face struggles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    A inspirational book for you to read

    Very touching and inspirational. The trials of life can be challenging however, faith, hope, and love can lead us towards the kingdom of God to heaven. A wonderful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    A good version

    The table of contents works well and there are footnotes to obscure words that work good well too. Cant believe its free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great book

    Fantastic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    A Classic!

    I purchased the ebook version of this book and was greatly pleased. This version is much clearer than the "public domain" version that is available for free.

    As for the book, it truly is a classic and I enjoyed it immensely. Christians will find it particularly useful but nonchristians can enjoy it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Awesome

    As a former Catholic I read this book (modern English children's version) for a VBS missionary story time and it turned on the light bulb of salvation. I love this old English version as it keeps true to the time period in which it was written. I visualize the scenes so vividly. It's an awesome book to share with a new Christian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Jimmy to ninja

    Hello....ninja

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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