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John Bunyan (1628-1688), Author of 'The Pilgrim's Progress'

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John Bunyan was a tinker by trade but following a prolonged spiritual and emotional crisis he turned to preaching and religious writing. From 1660 to 1672 and again in 1677 he was imprisoned in Bedford for unlicensed preaching. He wrote prolifically during this time and produced his most famous work, Pilgrim's Progress, an allegorical account of a Christian's spiritual journey. After his release he continued writing and preaching. Pilgrim's Progress was published in 1678 and became one of the most popular books ever printed.