First published in 1678, the full title of Bunyan's celebrated book is "The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to come". Part One ... Show synopsis First published in 1678, the full title of Bunyan's celebrated book is "The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to come". Part One describes Christian's adventures after he sets out to be a pilgrim, leaving his wife and children behind. Part Two, which followed a few years later in 1684, saw his wife, Christiana, also set out to follow in his footsteps. Our edition covers the better known first part only. The entire book is an allegorical study of the spiritual pitfalls that await anyone setting out on the religious path to spiritual wholeness, and all Christian's adventures must be seen as inward experiences and states of mind. He starts off carrying a heavy burden (of sin and guilt) which he is unable to throw off, becomes bogged down in the Slough of Despond, passes through the Wicket Gate ('Knock, and it shall be opened unto you'), then the Interpreter's House. He loses his unwanted burden and enters the Palace Beautiful where he meets with Discretion, Piety, Charity and Prudence. Thereafter he reaches the Valley of Humiliation where he fights with Apollyon, the devil, before entering the Valley of the Shadow of Death. He faces danger at Vanity Fair, where he loses one companion and is joined by another. Together they blunder into Doubting Castle where they are held prisoners by the Giant Despair. Finally escaping from his clutches, they reach the Delectable Mountains, where shepherds point out the way to the Celestial City, through the Enchanted Ground, and the various pitfalls to be avoided. Finally they reach the Land of Beulah, within site of the Celestial City itself. Here they meet the final obstacle: a deep river which they must cross as best they can. With the help of faith, they reach the other side and enter the City with much rejoicing.