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Glimpses of glory : John Bunyan and English dissent

Author: Richard L Greaves
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a reinterpretation of John Bunyan, a prolific author best known for his two allegories, The Pilgrim's Progress and The Holy War, and his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding. In this book, Richard L. Greaves draws on recent literature on depression to demonstrate that Bunyan suffered from this mood disorder as a young man and then used this experience to help mold his literary works. Light and darkness,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: John Bunyan; John Bunyan; John Bunyan; John Bunyan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard L Greaves
ISBN: 0804745307 9780804745307
OCLC Number: 48390873
Description: xix, 693 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The Early Years --
"My Heighth of Vanity": Bunyan's Youth --
"Kill, Kill, Was in Mine Ears": Bunyan in the Military --
"The Religion of the Times": Early Religious Influences --
Spiritual and Psychological Crisis --
"An Exceeding Maze": The Struggle with Despair --
"To Joyne in Fellowship": John Gifford and the Bedford Church --
"Thred-bare at an Ale-House": The Ranter Challenge --
The Young Preacher --
"A New Upstart Sect": Bunyan and the Quakers --
"These Dangerous Rocks": Sectarian Ferment --
"Scalding Lead": Professional Clergy and the Rich --
"Two Covenants in Their Right Places": Pulpit Theology --
"Inchantments, and Witchcrafts": Quakers and Witches --
"Throw Away All Thy Own Wisdome": Pulpit Controversy --
Confronting Persecution --
"Sweetly in the Prison": Arrest, Trial, and Appeal --
"Holding Fast the Good": The Early Prison Years --
"Gospelly Good": Christian Behaviour, a Last Testament --
Millenarian Expectations --
"Out of Babylon": The Return of the Holy City --
"Now Is the End Come": The Last Judgment --
"Read My Lines": Poetry and the End Times --
"A Drop of Honey": Autobiographical Reflections --
Charting the Pilgrimage --
"The Way He Runs": The Christian Life as Metaphor --
"Against Our Religion": The Setting of The Pilgrim's Progress --
"Whither Must I Fly?": The Pilgrimage --
"As I Pull'd, It Came": Inspiration and Experience --
"By Dint of Sword": Persecution and Allegorical Warfaring --
"Turn up My Metaphors": Interpreting the Allegory --
The Anvil of Debate --
"A Strict Separation": Church Membership and Communion.
Responsibility: Richard L. Greaves.
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This is a major reinterpretation of John Bunyan, each of whose works, including the posthumous, is analyzed in its immediate historical context. The author draws on recent literature on depression to  Read more...

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