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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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4863 Judgment Day
4826 The Golf Walk
3766 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3604 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3219 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
3028 The Cut Finger
2697 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2683 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2379 Immortality
2347 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2322 To Marguerite
2281 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2265 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2247 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2206 Why Washington Retreated
2195 A Pastoral
2191 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2187 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2164 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
2164 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2117 A Study In Feeling
2113 The Final Tax
2064 Says Mister Doojabs
2049 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
2012 Millennium
1997 October
1973 The Daughter Of The Year
1968 The Wood Nymph
1928 Anticipation
1888 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1881 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
1854 Womanly Qualms
1849 Trespassers
1798 A Minute
1777 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1776 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1712 A Question
1691 Outbid
1686 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1671 Why I Went To The Foot
1655 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1645 Ridden Down
1622 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1608 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1601 Golden Silence
1573 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1546 Djolan
1507 Circumstantial Evidence
1496 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1398 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1319 To Phyllis And May
1104 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
940 No Beer, No Work
854 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
782 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
642 Western
606 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
549 To May
525 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
513 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
483 To Lovers
402 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
299 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
283 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
170 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
145 Would You Believe It?
144 The Ballade Of The Automobile
117 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
115 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
108 Night In The City
93 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
43 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


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