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John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress

by Gary D. Schmidt (Retold by), Barry Moser (Illustrator), John Bunyan

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780802850805

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Synopsis of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress

This volume offers a superb retelling in contemporary language of John Bunyan's beloved classic, masterfully illustrated with fifty watercolor paintings by Barry Moser.

Here again is the tale of Christian's spiritual journey from the City of Destruction to the Heavenly Palaces, including the pitfalls and graces that threaten and fortify his epic pilgrimage. Matching Bunyan's flare for storytelling and vivid imagery, Gary Schmidt's new narrative also echoes the best of writers like Dante, Sir Thomas Browne, E.M. Forster, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Even after three centuries, this odyssey of faith and human perseverance continues to engage readers today and now, more than ever, Schmidt's retelling of Pilgrim's Progress will delight and stir the imagination of readers over and over again.

School Library Journal

The text is beautifully illustrated with Moser's colorful, realistic watercolors. . . . An interesting, accessible version of an old classic that many YAs have heard about, but not all have read.

About the Author, Gary D. Schmidt

Gary Schmidt grew up in New York, close to the beaches of Long Island. He attended Gordon College and in 1985 obtained his Ph.D. in Medieval Language and Literature from the University of Illinois. Gary has written several children's books, a number of journal articles, and numerous critical reviews, in addition to having co-authored and co-edited several textbooks. His retelling of Pilgrim's Progress (Eerdmans, 1994) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review. More recently, his retelling of familiar Bible stories from the Old and the New Testaments in The Blessing of the Lord (Eerdmans, 1997) was named an ABA "Pick of the List" and appeared in Booklist"s "1998 Top 10 Religion Books for Youth." His novel, The Sin Eater (Dutton, 1996), received the Best Book for Young Adults Award. Gary currently teaches English Literature at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He lives in Alto, Michigan.

Barry Moser is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in such books as Moby Dick, The Divine Comedy, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. His work is represented in collections, museums, and libraries around the world, including The National Gallery of Art, the British Museum, and The Library of Congress. Barry lives in North Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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