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The Most Dangerous Game

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Lourdes Greco

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By: Richard Edward Connell
The Most Dangerous Game
Richard Edward Connell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 17, 1893.

His father served in the House of Representatives for approximately one year before his death in Oct. 1912.

Connell became an editor for his local newspaper, the Poughkeepsie News-Press, by age 16.

He served as his father’s secretary and congressional aide .
Connell turned to freelance writing in 1919 and began a prolific period that spanned more than three decades.

From his home in Beverly Hills, California, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, numerous Hollywood screenplays, and many articles for local newspapers.

His short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” first published in 1924, proved to be his greatest success and won him the prestigious O. Henry Memorial Award.

He continued to write short stories until his death from a heart attack in 1949.
About the author
Richard Edward Connell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, on Oct. 17, 1893.

His father served in the House of Representatives for approximately one year before his death in Oct. 1912.

He became an editor for his local newspaper, the Poughkeepsie News-Press, by age 16.

He served as his father’s secretary and congressional aide while attending Georgetown.
Adventurous and suspenseful, “The Most Dangerous Game” struck a chord with readers far and wide.

Integrating elements of both popular and literary fiction, Connell’s story provides fast-paced escapism and a menacing, gothic atmosphere of mystery, horror, and the grotesque.

Hollywood produced a silver-screen adaptation of the story 8 yrs. after its initial publication, pitting Rainsford and a shipwrecked brother-and-sister duo against the evil General Zaroff.

“The Most Dangerous Game” has since inspired countless other films, television episodes, and novels, all trying to recapture the heart-pounding terror of Connell’s original story.
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