Richard Connell (1893- 1949)

Richard Connell was born in New York, October 1893. He began his writing career at the young age of ten, while his father was the editor of the Poughkeepsie News-Press. He would cover baseball games in exchange for 10 cents a story. He later went of to become the editor of the newspaper before leaving for college. He graduated from Harvard University in 1915. While attending Harvard Connell wrote for the Lampoon and the Crimson. After which he moved back to New York and became a journalist for The New York America. In 1917 Connell enlisted in World War I, but continued his writing after becoming the editor of the camp newspaper, Gas Attack. Shortly after returning from war Richard Connell married Louise Herrick Fox and began writing short stories. Through out his career as an author Richard published over 300 short stories and written numerous screen plays. As a writer several of Richard Connell publishings were made into movies and he received the O. Henry Memorail Award twice for his short stories, “The Most Dangerous Game” and “A Friend of Napoleon”. After a wonderful writing career Richard Connell past away in 1949.

Many of his short stories have involved his life experience, such as “The Umps” which is about baseball and “Once a Sloganeer” which can be considered about the time he spent in advertising. “The Most Dangerous Game” is about the time he spent in the War, using General Zaroff to portray the brutality and cold heartedness of certain people he was in the war with. Soliders at war must kill without regaurd to they are killing.  Also the hunter becomes the hunted story line depict the fear of a man engaging in a battle with another man, not knowing which man will eventually kill the other.