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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This new World's Classics...is excellent of its kind and for its purposes - easy to recommend and impossible to fault. The Introduction is lucid and engaging...Students, teachers and the general reader will find no better companion. The advanced scholar will also learn a thing or two.''--The Recorder (International John Bunyan Society magazine)


About the Author

W. R. Owens's publications include two volumes in the Oxford edition of The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan (1994) and a co-edited collection of essays, John Bunyan and his England 1628-88 (1990). He is co-editor, with P. N. Furbank, of The Canonisation of Daniel Defoe (1988), Defoe De-Attributions(1994), and A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe(1998). They are joint editors of The Works of Daniel Defoe (44 vols., in progress).

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The Pilgrim's Progress is a true classic.
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This was replaced in 2003 with the present edition by W.R. Owen, which replaces it in the Oxford World's Classics line, and is likewise based on Sharrock's work.
Ian M. Slater
I think I will buy some as gifts for "new" believers!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Slater on September 24, 2013
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I reviewed the Oxford World's Classics print version of this book back in 2004. Alas, Amazon (or, probably, its software) not only has not connected the reviews from that paperback to the matching OWC Kindle edition, it has left them high and dry on a duplicate product page, which claims that only used copies of the in-print paperback are available.

I can't do anything about most of the dozen or so reviews left stranded there, some of them excellent (except refer you to them), but I can post a slight revision of my own treatment, concluding with some comments on how the E-book version differs from the print edition (which was the point of my original plan, before I discovered the odd discrepancy).

Fortunately, neither page has (obvious) reviews of other editions in the mix -- a serious problem with some other pages, where in many instances one has little idea of exactly which form of the book is being reviewed. (And there is considerable room for confusion. Both Kobo and Kindle offer sixty-some digital versions -- I haven't bothered to check NOOK or other formats, or count hardcovers and paperbacks, many out of print.)

John Bunyan was an astonishing man, a working-class genius who, while producing the last great medieval-style allegories in English, helped invent the English novel, apparently without intending either. The bulk of his writings fell into the obscurity of most seventeenth century theological tractates, but a few have remained current, and "The Pilgrim's Progress" (1678) has been of outstanding importance, for a variety of reasons. It was an immediate popular success, even appearing in French and Dutch editions within a few years, and being reprinted in Puritan Boston, where Bunyan's Baptist teachings would have been unwelcome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Miller on February 11, 2014
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Pilgrims Progress is a great book, but this kindle edition is a horrible rendering of the text. The text is interrupted frequently by marginal notes and footnotes that break the flow of the text, making reading a constantly jarring experience of frustration. I recommend the book, but if you want a digital edition that is formatted properly for the Kindle, keep looking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on March 18, 2014
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I really enjoyed reading the book in language of the period. The notes and glossary cleared up any problems I had with the meaning of archaic words and expressions. The original illustrations were great. I recommend that readers review the introductory material before jumping into the text. Timeless questions, timeless answers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By APO-Consumer on March 4, 2013
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Absolutely loved this. Pilgrim's Progress was required text for an upper-level Theology course, but turned out to be both an intellectual and spiritual exercise. I loved Bunyan's symbolism. This is truly a timeless Classic. If someone didn't tell you that this was written in the early 17th Century, you would think it was written in the present. If you are a Christian looking for a wonderful story to read, pick this up. If you study church history and theology, pick this up - it is wonderful to see the theological undertones throughout the book if you know of the situation in which Bunyan was writing.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed and would recommend this book to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shop Fan on July 2, 2013
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The Pilgrim's Progress is a true classic. Full of truth in an allegorical style. I am enjoying it's simple deepness even more than I thought possible. I purchased this as an ebook, but plan to also add the paperback to my library, for my own edification as well as making it available to others as appropriate. And the telling of the author's life is so inspirational as well. It is no wonder this book has lasted for hundreds of years. I recommend it highly to all searchers of the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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By Randee Baty on January 6, 2015
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If you want to ultimate example of allegory, this is it. Christian leaves his home in the City of Destruction to journey to the Celestial City. Evangelist helps him and he has companions like Faithful and Hopeful. The meaning of this book is not exactly hidden from the reader.

If you aren't religious, you may think the book won't interest you but if you are interested in literature in general, this is a foundational piece of British literature. You don't have to agree with Bunyan's religious beliefs to find the beauty in this story. Christian and his friends are on a quest and they must persevere and battle through many odds to achieve it. All the finer qualities of humans, as well as the worst qualities of humans, are displayed brilliantly in this book. Bunyan understood people. As a Christian, I find the book comforting to read as Christian battles through the same things we all face every day.

The bottom line with Pilgrim's Progress is that whether you are a Christian or not, the book is a masterpiece and has literary value for any lover of British literature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Kruger on February 1, 2013
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I always promised myself to read this classic. It was very inspiring. I recommend it for every Christian to read.
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By Reader on October 9, 2013
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I use this in my Great Books class that I'm teaching in Northern California. It's not for everyone. It must be looked at as a creation of its time and place.
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