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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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Comrades, many a year and day
(with apologies to Frederic Taber Cooper)
A full-fledged gun cannot endure Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
A glint of her hair or a flash of her shoulder —
A merry burgomaster
A Scotchman whose name was Isbister
A sinner was old Captain Dan;
And now behold this sulking boy, Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
Behold, my child, this touching scene,
Captain O’Hare was a mariner brave; Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
Cupid on a summer day, Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Ho, ye lovers, list to me;
I am standing under the mistletoe,
I bowed my head in anguish sore
I have no heart to write verses to May;
I hold her letter as I stand,
I know something wonderful—wonderful; Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
I told her I loved her and begged but a word,
I want to know how Bernard Shaw Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
In hand I take this pen of mine
In our dainty little kitchen, Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
Just as the sun was setting
Listen, ladies, while I sing Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
Little cullud Rastus come a-skippin’ down de street,
Love took chambers on our street Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
Mary had a little frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
Nature, when she made thee, dear,
O wonderful! In sport we climbed the tree, Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
O! fair, sweet Phyllis and sweet, fair May,
Observe, my child, this pretty scene,
Oh! Montmorency Vere de Vere,
One year ago I wished that I
Said Statesman A to Statesman Z:
Saint Peter stood, at Heaven's gate,
Sence fair Jessica hez left us
She does not mind a good cigar
She plucked a blossom fair to see;
So great my debt to thee, I know my life
Soft was the night, the eve how airy,
Strange, is it not? She was making her garden, Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Sweet Love and I had oft communed;
The Cowboy had a sterling heart,
The cruelty of P. L. Brown—
The forest holds high carnival to-day,
The great millennium is at hand.
The shades of night was fallin’ slow
The Sheep adorns the landscape rural Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
The sluggish clouds hang low upon the town,
The Whale is found in seas and oceans, Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
There was a man in New York City Comments and analysis of Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III: On Laziness And Its Resultant Ills by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
There was a young patrolman who
They hide in the brook when I seek to draw nearer, Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
To be a great musician you must be a man of moods,
Twain? Oh, yes, I’ve heard Mark Twain
Upon Bottle Miche the autre day Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
Was ever a maiden so worried?
Well, eight months ago one clear cold day,
Well, then! How’d you like to bear the name of Butler Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
When Cupid held an auction sale,
When first we met she seemed so white Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
When I go rowing on the lake,
When I taught Ida how to ride a
When Ida puts her armor on
When Love and I drew softly nigh
When our yacht sails seaward on steady keel
When with me the play she goes, Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
When young, in tones quite positive Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
Whenas—(I love that “whenas” word—
Whene’er I feed the barnyard folk
You have heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay

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