The Pilgrim's Progress & the Lives of Donne and Herbert: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XV (in 51 Volumes)

The Pilgrim's Progress & the Lives of Donne and Herbert: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XV (in 51 Volumes)

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Overview

Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf.

Volume XV features two essential works of 17th-century religious literature: The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegorical tale of everyman Christian and his journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City of Zion, which parallels the spiritual odyssey of English preacher and writer JOHN BUNYAN (1628-1688). The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by English writer IZAAK WALTON (1593-1683), are short biographies of English preacher and metaphysical poet John Donne and Welsh priest and poet George Herbert, in which Walton highlights their virtuous characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616401344
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 03/03/2010
Series: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics Series
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English writer and Baptist preacher best known for his Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress. He wrote more than 60 books and tracts in total. Buynan spent many years in prison because of his faith, and it was during this time that he began writing The Pilgrim’s Progress. Part One was published in 1678; Part Two in 1684.

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