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Biography of Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler (1869 - 1937)

Ellis Parker Butler (December 5, 1869–September 13, 1937) was an American author.

Butler was born in Muscatine, Iowa. He was the author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays, and is most famous for his short story "Pigs is Pigs", in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs, which soon start proliferating geometrically.

Working from his home in Flushing (Queens) New York, Butler was—by every measure and by many times—the most published author of the pulp fiction era.

His career spanned more than forty years and his stories, poems and articles were published in more than 225 magazines. His work appeared alongside that of his contemporaries including Mark Twain, Sax Rohmer, James B. Hendryx, Berton Braley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Don Marquis, Will Rogers and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Despite the enormous volume of his work, Butler was, for most of his life, only a part-time author. He worked full-time as a banker and was very active in his local community. A founding member of both the Dutch Treat Club and the Author's League of America, Butler was an always-present force in the New York City literary scene.

He died in Williamsville, Massachusetts.


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72 Poems written by Ellis Parker Butler

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Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
October
The Wood Nymph

American Magazine

Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments

Bedford Gazette

A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister

Bookman

Djolan
Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III: On Laziness And Its Resultant Ills Comments and analysis of Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III: On Laziness And Its Resultant Ills by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments

Bridgeport Telegram

Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments

Century Magazine

The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
The Cut Finger
The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
Why Washington Retreated

Everybody’s Magazine

Jabed Meeker, Humorist

Frank Leslie's Monthly

The Ballade Of The Automobile

Iowa City Citizen

The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry

Judge

A Pastoral
How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment

Leslie’s Monthly

A Question
A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
A Study In Feeling
An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
The Golf Walk
The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
The Poor Boy’s Christmas
The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
To May
To Phyllis And May
Valentine To The Girl In Black
Why I Went To The Foot
Womanly Qualms

Life

Would You Believe It?

Middletown Daily Argus

At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments

Munsey’s Magazine

Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Golden Silence
Immortality
To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)

National Magazine

A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment

New England Magazine

A Minute
Anticipation
Circumstantial Evidence
Night In The City
Outbid
The Daughter Of The Year
To Lovers
To Marguerite
Trespassers

New York Times

Says Mister Doojabs

New Yorker

Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments

On the Tibur Road

To G. M. W. And G. F. W.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern

When Ida Puts Her Armor On

Puck

Ridden Down

Red Book

The Final Tax

Saturday Evening Post

Millennium
The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Western

Snappy Stories

No Beer, No Work

St. Nicholas Magazine

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!

Sunset Magazine

The Romance Of Patrolman Casey

The Tuscarora Club's Forty Year History

Judgment Day

Truth

A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
A Satisfactory Reform


Books by Ellis Parker Butler
Butler Info


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