Richard Connell

Richard Edward Connell Jr. (October 17, 1893 November 22, 1949) was an American author and journalist. He is best remembered for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924). Connell was one of the most popular American short story writers of his time, and his stories were published in The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's magazines. He had equal success as a journalist and screenwriter, and was nominated for an Academy Award during 1942 for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Meet John Doe.

Richard Connell
Richard Connell
Richard Edward Connell Jr.

(1893-10-17)October 17, 1893
DiedNovember 22, 1949(1949-11-22) (aged 56)
Alma materHarvard University[1]
OccupationAuthor, journalist

Connell was born on October 17, 1893, in Poughkeepsie, New York,[1] the son of Richard E. Connell and Mary Miller Connell. He began his writing career for The Poughkeepsie Journal, and attended Georgetown College for a year before going to Harvard University. While at Harvard, Connell edited The Lampoon and The Crimson. He subsequently worked on the city staff of The New York American and as a copy writer for J. Walter Thompson.[2] Connell served in France with the US Army during World War I. While in the army, he was the editor of his camp's newspaper.[3] After the war, he turned to writing short stories, and eventually wrote over 300.[2]



  • The Mad Lover (1927)
  • Murder at Sea (1929)
  • Playboy (1936)
  • What Ho! (1937)

Short story collections

  • The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon and other humorous tales (1922) – Also known as Mister Braddy's bottle and other humorous tales
  • Variety (1925) – Includes The most dangerous game. [4]
  • Ironies (1930) – Includes The law beaters. [5]
  • Apes and angels (1970) – Includes The man who could imitate a bee. [6]
  • The Most Dangerous Game


  1. "Connell, Richard Edward, 1893-1949. Richard Edward Connell personal archive, 1912-1972, bulk 1912-1915: an inventory". Harvard University Libraries. Archived from the original on April 3, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. "Richard Connell, Novelist, is Dead: Short-Story and Screen Writer Worked on Many Successful Films--Once in Advertising". The New York Times. November 24, 1949.
  4. Variety at WorldCat
  5. Ironies at WorldCat
  6. Apes and angels at WorldCat
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