100 weeks of the 100 Best Novels

The Guardian is doing a 100-week series on the 100 best novels written in English. The first one is The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan from 1678.

The Pilgrim’s Progress, from this world, to that which is to come was first published in Holborn, London by Nathaniel Ponder, a non-conformist, at the beginning of 1678 in an edition of 191 pages. It was an immediate success. A second edition appeared before the end of 1678, with many new passages, a third in 1679, and several subsequent editions before Bunyan’s death in August 1688. The Second Part of The Pilgrim’s Progress was published in 1684, with a second edition in 1686. Eventually, the English text comprised some 108,260 words. It has never been out of print, and has been translated into more than 200 languages.


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