Richard Connell

Richard Edward Connell Jr. (October 17, 1893 – November 22, 1949) was an American author and journalist probably best remembered for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Connell was one of the most popular American short story writers of his time, and his stories appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. He had equal success as a journalist and screenwriter and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for best original story for the film Meet John Doe. Richard Connell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Richard Edward Connell Sr. (1857–1912) and Marrie Miller Connell. He had an older sister and two younger sisters. His father was a reporter and editor of the local newspaper. Connell Sr. subsequently began a political career when he took the position of police commissioner in Poughkeepsie. In 1896, he was unsuccessful in a bid for the 55th United States Congress and failed again in 1898 and 1900 when he ran for the State assembly. He did become a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, serving in 1900 and 1904.

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