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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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4292 The Golf Walk
3819 Judgment Day
3042 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3008 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2414 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2227 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
2212 The Cut Finger
1912 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1861 Immortality
1804 Cupid Caught Napping
1734 A Lost Angel
1692 To Marguerite
1682 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1668 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1656 Why Washington Retreated
1652 The Final Tax
1640 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1627 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
1611 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1610 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1585 Would You Believe It?
1555 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1538 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1511 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1475 Millennium
1437 The Wood Nymph
1412 October
1391 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1375 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1370 The Daughter Of The Year
1367 Night In The City
1364 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1357 A Satisfactory Reform
1351 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1346 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1340 Womanly Qualms
1324 Trespassers
1293 Says Mister Doojabs
1283 A Pastoral
1280 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1260 A Study In Feeling
1256 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1245 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
1240 Anticipation
1232 A Question
1221 Outbid
1203 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1196 Why I Went To The Foot
1181 Speaking Of Operations
1180 A Minute
1162 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1160 To Lovers
1147 To May
1146 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1137 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1122 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1099 Golden Silence
1067 Ridden Down
1033 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1018 Circumstantial Evidence
1018 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
995 Djolan
963 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
959 An Old-Fashioned Garden
911 To Phyllis And May
902 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
437 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
175 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
163 No Beer, No Work
142 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
140 Western
134 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments


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