The Most Dangerous Game | Study Guide

Richard Connell

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Richard Connell | Biography


Early Life

Richard Connell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 17, 1893. He was a short story writer, screenplay writer, and journalist. Connell began writing at a young age. At 10 years old he was reporting on baseball games for his father's newspaper, and by age 16 he was editing the newspaper. Connell served in World War I (1914–18), and afterward he lived in various European countries.

Writing Career and Legacy

Connell's short fiction regularly appeared in popular magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. His best-remembered work is "The Most Dangerous Game," a short story for which he won the 1924 O. Henry Memorial Award for short fiction. He then moved to Beverly Hills, California, where he began writing short stories. He also wrote screenplays, and in 1942 he was nominated for an Academy Award for best original story for the movie Meet John Doe. Connell died on November 22, 1949. Though "The Most Dangerous Game" is the only story of Connell's still in print, he is remembered for the originality of the concept of the hunter becoming the hunted in that story, which has since become a classic tale of adventure.

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