The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (PDF - Online Reading - Download - Summary)

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The Most Dangerous Game, also published as "The Hounds of Zaroff", is a short story by Richard Connell, first published in Collier's on January 19, 1924, with illustrations by Wilmot Emerton Heitland. The story follows a New York City big game hunter who falls off a yacht and swims to what appears to be an isolated, abandoned island in the Caribbean, where he is pursued by a Russian aristocrat. The story is inspired by the big game safaris in Africa and South America that were particularly in vogue among wealthy Americans in the 1920s.
 
The story has been adapted numerous times, most notably in the 1932 RKO Pictures film The Most Dangerous Game, starring Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks, and in a 1943 episode of the CBS Radio series Thriller, starring Orson Welles. . It has been called the "most popular short story ever written in English". Upon publication, it won the O. Henry Award.
 
"The Most Dangerous Game" is one of many works that entered the public domain in the United States in 2020.

Summary

The Most Dangerous Game is a tense story that pits man against man and the hunted against the hunter. Sanger Rainsford falls off a yacht en route to Rio de Janeiro to hunt jaguars. He manages to swim to a nearby island, but there the hunter becomes the hunted.

About the Author

Richard Edward Connell, Jr. was an American author and journalist, best known for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Connell was one of the best-known American short story writers of his time and his stories appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. Connell had equal success as a journalist and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for best original story for the film Meet John Doe.

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