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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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4443 The Golf Walk
4135 Judgment Day
3216 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3189 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2744 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2510 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 9 Comments
2470 The Cut Finger
2153 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
2055 Immortality
1917 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1890 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1876 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1868 To Marguerite
1847 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1844 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1822 Why Washington Retreated
1807 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1806 The Final Tax
1764 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1730 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1683 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1625 Millennium
1614 The Wood Nymph
1595 Night In The City
1590 October
1585 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1585 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1562 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1559 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1557 The Daughter Of The Year
1508 A Satisfactory Reform
1505 Womanly Qualms
1501 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1494 A Study In Feeling
1491 A Pastoral
1470 Says Mister Doojabs
1460 Trespassers
1445 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
1444 Anticipation
1439 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1398 A Question
1372 Outbid
1372 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1366 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1354 A Minute
1321 Why I Went To The Foot
1314 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1293 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1259 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1242 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1229 Golden Silence
1208 Circumstantial Evidence
1176 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1175 Ridden Down
1147 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1139 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1123 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1105 Djolan
1082 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1019 To Phyllis And May
401 No Beer, No Work
385 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
340 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
305 Western
301 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
134 To May
109 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
108 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
98 To Lovers
74 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
14 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
7 Would You Believe It?


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