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Monthly arts column

The memory of John Bunyan the Tinker is surrounded by myths, not least the myth of his uniqueness. The old romantic picture of a largely unlearned man, locked in solitary durance vile and managing to produce an imperishable masterpiece of literature, is true only in one respect: The Pilgrim's Progress is indeed a masterpiece.

David Porter

In fact, Bunyan wrote five great books. Only read the rest of Bunyan's works if you have an urgent interest in the theology or politics of the period. There are gems there, but they generally blush unseen.