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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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4337 The Golf Walk
3938 Judgment Day
3093 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3071 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2529 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2339 The Cut Finger
2302 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
2006 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1929 Immortality
1778 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1749 To Marguerite
1735 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1732 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1720 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1710 Why Washington Retreated
1708 The Final Tax
1690 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1662 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1651 Would You Believe It?
1630 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1592 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1582 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1523 Millennium
1498 The Wood Nymph
1481 October
1459 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1458 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1438 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1427 The Daughter Of The Year
1426 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1421 Night In The City
1412 A Satisfactory Reform
1403 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1402 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1396 Womanly Qualms
1376 Trespassers
1373 A Pastoral
1345 Says Mister Doojabs
1323 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1315 A Study In Feeling
1301 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
1286 Anticipation
1272 Outbid
1272 A Question
1260 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1241 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1233 Why I Went To The Foot
1226 A Minute
1207 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1196 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1173 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1152 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1146 Golden Silence
1100 Ridden Down
1091 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1074 Circumstantial Evidence
1055 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1029 Djolan
1012 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1000 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
946 To Phyllis And May
769 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
263 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
213 No Beer, No Work
210 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
201 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
191 Western
8 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
4 To Lovers
2 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
2 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
1 To May


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