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The Ascent of F6: A Tragedy in Two Acts Hardcover – January 1, 1936


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  • Hardcover: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1936)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006D9SGS
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,985,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul-John Ramos on August 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Can the abilities of two writers combine into a truly strong work? Some have launched projects with the hope of achieving this, but the results have usually left us with more questions than answers. Whenever artists decide to work together, there are problems caused by their egotistical trade. Two minds with a clear sense of what they're about will almost certainly bang together.

Wystan Hugh Auden and Christopher Isherwood are men who overcame some differences to write plays for London's Group Theatre in the 1930s. The plays have been commercially and critically viable since their first productions and overshadow many twentieth century dramas that have come and gone. By the authors' talents alone, 'The Dog Beneath the Skin,' 'The Ascent of F6,' and 'On the Frontier' will probably remain on stage boards for years to come.

Billed as a 'tragedy in two acts,' 'The Ascent of F6' was first published in September 1936 and enjoyed its premiere in February 1937. Its original production featured Ashley Dukes as director, Robert Medley as stage designer, and Benjamin Britten as composer of incidental music. Successful with audiences from the beginning, 'F6' has undergone several book printings and revivals by theater groups, including at the Old Vic.

'F6,' the second of three plays co-written by Auden and Isherwood, is one of many works that have succeeded despite major flaws. Audiences, especially those living in the social hardships of 1930s Britain, have related to its subject matter and appreciate the poetic skills that both men owned. The idea that Auden and Isherwood's talents would be visible in 'F6' is a no-brainer. 'F6,' however, lacks a cohesive plot and a clear sense of what type of play it wants to be.
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