Bunyan (bun'yan), John. Author of the celebrated allegories, "Pilgrim's Progress," and "Holy War." Born in England, 1628, was when young dissipated, but in early manhood reformed and joined the Baptists, becoming so zealous as to invite persecution. He was sentenced to transportation on a charge of promoting seditious assemblies, but sentence was not enforced. Was imprisoned, however, for more than twelve years, and during that time wrote his "Pilgrim's Progress." Died 1688.