Bunyan, John at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
English minister and author. Of humble rural origins, Bunyan encountered the seething religious life of various left-wing sects while serving in O. Cromwell's army in the English Civil Wars. He underwent a period of spiritual crisis, converted to Puritanism, and become a preacher. After the Restoration, he was jailed for his Nonconformism for 12 years, during which he wrote his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding (1666). He is best known for The Pilgrim's Progress (1678-84), a religious allegory expressing the Puritan religious outlook. A symbolic vision of the character Christian's pilgrimage through life, it was at one time second only to the Bible in popularity among ordinary readers. Despite his ministerial responsibilities, he published numerous works in his last 10 years.