Pilgrim's Progress

1. Bunyan’s oeuvre of 58 works contains five of longer fiction, seven verse collections and 46 non-fiction writings, including sermons, a catechism, and many pamphlets. The allegorical tale Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come, Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream (1678) was by far the most successful. As Bunyan scholar Robert Greaves writes, “The Pilgrim’s Progress, twenty editions of which had been published by 1695 and at least 1300 by 1938, has been remarkably successful.” The title-page of the earliest edition in the Popular Romanticism database, printed for W. Johnston at the Golden-Ball in St. Paul’s Church-Yard in 1748, states that it is the twenty-seventh edition, a figure that may not be reliable, but is indicative of the tremendous reproduction that began well before the Romantic period.