A Sleep of Prisoners, A Play - with - The Dark Is Light Enough - Christopher Fry, Ronald Searle (illustrator) 1951 - Geoffrey Cumberlege, London New York Toronto - First Editions Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!

A highly imaginative, poignant drama about four prisoners of war locked up in a church in enemy territory, together with Fry’s 1954 play
The Dark is Light Enough, his ‘winter comedy’ set during the nineteenth century Hungarian Revolution, and companion play to his earlier works The Lady’s Not for Burning, and Venus Observed. Two volumes in dust jackets illustrated by Ronald Searle.
  A highly imaginative, poignant drama about four prisoners of war locked up in a church in enemy territory. Thus confined, their problems are magnified as they struggle to understand themselves and the world. The action comes in a sequence of dreams in which each prisoner demonstrates his own inner response to events—extending himself, his companions, and the problems they face on to a spiritual plane. The immediate surroundings suggest Biblical protagonists to each dreamer, and the attempted murder of one soldier by his friend is seen successively as the story of Cain and Abel, of David and Absalom, and of Abraham and Isaac.

Two volumes pp. [8] 51; [8] 103.
  Condition: Near fine, in near fine dust jackets, minor toning to spines. Sleep of Prisoners - faint toning to endpapers, jacket with a couple of small nicks to spine head and top front panel. Dark is Light Enough – light foxing to endpapers and top edge, pen name to front pastedown, a few pencil notes to early pages, jacket price-clipped, hint of wear to extremities.   Ref: 106658   Price: HK$ 1,200