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Christened November 30, 1628, in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England. Oldest of 1 sister, 2 brothers. Father: tinker (itinerant mender of pots and pans). Mandatory attendance of Anglican church. Schooling limited but adequate. Childhood distinctions: delinquency, athletics. In 1644 mother and sister died, father remarried. Same year John at 16 joined Army of the Parliament in the Civil War against King Charles I. Left army 1647, married 1648 and began to tinker in Elstow. Wife led him into Bible study. 1650 mystical experience (first of several) on Elstow village green. Breezy attitude and foul habits changed when exposed to pious nonconformists. 1655 began to preach. 1656 published tract against Quakers. 1658 wife died, leaving four children. 1659 remarried (Elizabeth, with whom he had two children). 1660 reputation for caustic writings and scathing sermons - mostly aimed at the privileged - marked him for trouble with ascendancy of Charles II. Refusal to stop preaching kept him in prison for 12 years! 1666 spiritual journal, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, signaled growing genius. Release from prison 1672 followed by prison on and off again. 1678 Part 1 of Pilgrim's Progress was an international sensation. Final 10 years was as a celebrated writer and preacher. Died August 31, 1688, in London. Buried Bunhill Fields (London).

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BY JOHN BUNYAN (many titles considerably shortened):
1656     Some Gospel Truths Opened…         
1657     
Vindication of...Gospel Truths…
1658     
Few Sighs from Hell…     
1659     
Doctrine of Law and Grace Unfolded…
1661     
Profitable Meditations…
1662     
I will pray with the spirit…
1663     
Prison Meditations…
1663     
Christian Behavior…
1663     
Map showing order and causes of Salvation and Damnation…
1665     
One thing is needful…
1665     
Ebel and Gerrizim…
1665     
Holy City…
1665     
Resurrection of the dead…
1666     
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners                        PB
1671     
Heavenly Footman…                                                              PB
1672     
Defense of the Doctrine of Justification by Faith…
1672     
Confession of my Faith...
1673     
Differences in Judgment about water baptism…
1673     
Barren Fig-tree…
1674     
Peaceable Principles and True…
1675     
Light for them that sit in darkness…                                PB
1675     
Instruction for the ignorant…
1676     
Saved by grace…
1676     
The Strait Gate…                                                                    PB
1678     
Come, and welcome, to Jesus Christ…
1678     
Pilgrim's Progress, Part 1  (Part 2, 1684)         HC      PB
1679     
Treatise of the Fear of God…                                              HC
1680     
Life and Death of Mr. Badman                                        HC
1682     
Holy War                                                                                  PB
1682     
Greatness of the Soul…
1683     
Case of Conscience…
1683     
Holy Life…                                                                              PB
1684     
Seasonal Counsel…
1684     
Caution to stir up to watch against sin…
1685     
Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publican…      PB
1685     
Nature and Perpetuity of seventh-day Sabbath…
1686     
Book for Boys and Girls, or Country Rhymes            HC
1688     
Advocateship of Jesus Christ…
1688     
Jerusalem sinner saved...
1688     
Discussion of...House of God…                                        PB
1688     
Water of Life…
1688     
Solomon's Temple Spiritualized…
1689     
Bunyan's Last Sermon (John 1:13)…
1689     
Acceptable Sacrifice…
1692     
Justification by imputed righteousness…
1692     
Ten First Chapters of Genesis...
1692     
Paul's departure and crown…                                        PB
1692     
Of the trinity and a Christian…
1692     
Of the law and a Christian…
1692     
Israels' Hope Encouraged…
1692     
Desire of the Righteous Granted…
1692     
Saint's privilege and profit…
1692     
Christ a complete savior…
1692     
Saints' knowledge of Christ's love…                          PB
1692     
Of the House of the Forest of Lebanon…
1692     
Of Antichrist and his ruin…                                          PB
1765     
A relation of my imprisonment…                                PB
          Clarendon Press has issued the Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan; general editor
          is Roger Sharrock. Each volume was edited by a foremost Bunyan expert:
Some Gospel-Truths Opened; A Vindication of Some Gospel-Truths Opened; A Few Sighs from Hell                                HC
     (MWOJB, V. 1) 1978.
The Doctrine of the Law and Grace Unfolded and I Will Pray With the Spirit… (MWOJB, V. 2)                                          HC
Christian Behaviour, the Holy City, the Resurrection of the Dead… (MWOJB, V. 3) 1987.                                                      HC
A defence of the doctrine of justification by faith; A confession of my faith, and a reason of my practice;                     HC
     Differences in judgment about water-baptism; Peaceable principles and true; A case of conscience
    resolved; Questions about the nature and perpetuity of the seventh-day Sabbath
… (MWOJB, V. 4) 1990
The Barren Fig-Tree; the Strait Gate; the Heavenly Foot-Man… (MWOJB, V. 5) 1986                                                                HC
'The Poems' ed. Graham Midgley, (MWOJB, V. 6)  1980.                                                                                                                            HC
Solomon's Temple Spiritualized : The House of the Forest of Lebanon : The Water of Life… (MWOJB, V. 7) 1989      HC
Instruction for the ignorant; Light for them that sit in darkness; Saved by grace; Come, and welcome,                        HC
     to Jesus Christ
…  (MWOJB, V. 8) 1979.
A treatise of the fear of God; The greatness of the soul; A holy life… (MWOJB, V. 9) 1981.                                                      HC
Seasonable Counsel; A Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publicane (MWOJB, V. 10) 1988                                              HC
Good News for the Vilest of Men; the Advocateship of Jesus Christ (MWOJB, V. 11) 1985                                                        HC
The Acceptable Sacrifice; Last Sermon; An Exposition of the Ten First Chapters of Genesis; Of Justification;            HC
     Paul's Departure; Of the Trinity; Of the Law; A Mapp...of Salvation and Damnation
… (MWOJB, V. 12) 1994.
Israel's Hope Encouraged; The Desire of the Righteous Granted; The Saints Privilege and Profit; Christ a                  HC
     Compleat Saviour; The Saints Knowledge of
…. (MWOJB, V. 13) 1994.

ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN BUNYAN:
Aylemer, G.E., The Struggle for the Constitution, 1603 to 1689: England in the 17th Century.              PB
     London: 1963.
Barbary, James
, Puritans and Cavaliers: The English Civil War. Nashville: Nelson, 1977.                      PB
Brown, John,
John Bunyan: His Life, Times and Work. 1885 (revised many times,).                                HC
Burton, Elizabeth,
The Pageant of Stuart England. New York: Scribner, 1962.
Coate, Mary,
Social Life in Stuart England. New York: Appleton, 1925.                                                          HC
Greaves, Richard L.,
John Bunyan. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmmans, 1969.                                    PB
Harrison, F.M.,
John Bunyan, A Story of his Life. London: 1928.                                                                    PB
Hibbert, Christopher,
Charles I. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
Hill, Christopher,
A Tinker and a Poor Man: John Bunyan and His Church, 1628-1688. New                PB
     York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1989.
Latham, Robert, ed.,
Passages from the Diary of Samuel Pepys. Un. Calif. Press.                                      HC
Owst, G.R.,
Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1968.
Sharrock, Roger,
John Bunyan. London: 1954.                                                                                                        HC
Talon, Henri,
John Bunyan: The Man and His Works. London: 1951.                                                              HC
Weber, Harold,
Paper Bullets: Print and Kingship Under Charles II. Un. Ky Press, 1996                        HC
Wellman, Sam,
John Bunyan. Barbour Pub., 1996.                                                                                      HC      PB
Winslow, Elizabeth Ola,
John Bunyan. New York: Macmillan, 1961.                                                                PB

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