Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
Want 100 or more?
for a customized plan.
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews February 7, 2023
January 31, 2023
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at email@example.com. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
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 October 1912. Precocious and verbal, Connell had a knack for writing since childhood and had become an editor for his local newspaper, the Poughkeepsie News-Press, by age sixteen. He served as his father’s secretary and congressional aide while attending Georgetown but left Washington, D.C., after only a year to fight in Europe during World War I. He enrolled at Harvard University upon returning to the United States, editing both the Harvard Lampoon and Harvard Crimson.
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. Critics quickly recognized him as a new master of short fiction, and his stories frequently appeared in Collier’s Weekly and the Saturday Evening Post as well as foreign publications. He published more than 300 short stories during the course of his lifetime, including the well known “A Friend of Napoleon,” “Big Lord Fauntleroy,” “Hero of the Devil’s Kitchen,” and “Ssssssshhh.” 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.
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 eight years after its initial publication, pitting Rainsford and a shipwrecked brother-and-sister duo against the evil General Zaroff. The early “talkie” B-film’s crisp pace, strong performances, and breathless suspense made it an instant classic. The story was twice adapted into popular radio dramas in the early to mid-1940s, the first starring Orson Welles as General Zaroff and the second starring Joseph Cotten as Rainsford. The human-hunting-humans scenario in “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.