The Life and Death of Mr Badman: Presented to the World in a Familiar Dialogue between Mr Wiseman and Mr Attentive by John Bunyan

The Life and Death of Mr Badman: Presented to the World in a Familiar Dialogue between Mr Wiseman…

byJohn BunyanEditorJames F. Forrest, Roger Sharrock

Hardcover | June 1, 1994

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This first critical edition is one of few reprints of a book which was originally published in 1680, two years after The Pilgrim's Progress, when it was described by Bunyan as 'the Life and Death of the Ungodly, and their travel from this world to Hell', in contrast to Christian's journey toheaven. In fact, Badman is not a true sequel to the great allegory; rather, it is a very different book, a dark, coarse, vigorous delineation of provincial vice. From his apprenticeship until he becomes a prosperous shopkeeper, Badman gives free rein to greed, lust, and the exploitation of others,including his virtuous wife. Puritan moral abstraction is almost buried under realistic detail in a work which looks both back to the medieval homily and forward to the novel. It is an indispensable work for the study of seventeenth-century Puritan society and its mythology; as with the sameeditors' The Holy War, it contains a full introduction and commentary.

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James F. Forrest is at University of Alberta. Roger Sharrock is at University of London.
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Title:The Life and Death of Mr Badman: Presented to the World in a Familiar Dialogue between Mr Wiseman…Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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