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The Most Dangerous Game

Richard Connell

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The Most Dangerous Game is a short story by American author Richard Connell, first published in 1924 in Collier's magazine. Also published as The Hounds of Zaroff, it is the story of Sanger Rainsford, a big-game hunter from New York who travels to the Amazon with the intent of killing jaguars. However, after falling overboard from his yacht, he swims to an island and encounters the Cossack, General Zaroff, a fellow hunter. To start with, the General is cordial to Rainsford, but over dinner he explains how the island is set up as a trap, and that he takes survivors captive and then hunts them for sport. He gives Rainsford the choice of being hunted or being turned over to Ivan, Zaroff's massive deaf-mute servant. Rainsford agrees to be hunted and the game begins.

Considered one of the most popular short stories ever published, it has been adapted several times, including as an episode of the CBS Radio series Suspense, starring Orson Welles.

This book has 15 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1924.

Production notes: This ebook of The Most Dangerous Game was published by Global Grey on the 7th June 2018 and updated on the 2nd October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Sword, Pistols, and Teacup' by James Reeve Stuart.

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