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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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4435 The Golf Walk
4114 Judgment Day
3198 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3170 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2722 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2476 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
2449 The Cut Finger
2140 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
2035 Immortality
1899 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1869 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1862 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1846 To Marguerite
1834 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1826 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1809 Why Washington Retreated
1791 The Final Tax
1782 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1750 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1729 Would You Believe It?
1718 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1671 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1610 Millennium
1601 The Wood Nymph
1574 October
1570 Night In The City
1569 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1567 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1548 The Daughter Of The Year
1548 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1546 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1497 A Satisfactory Reform
1496 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1489 Womanly Qualms
1488 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1472 A Pastoral
1456 Says Mister Doojabs
1444 Trespassers
1426 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1422 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
1421 Anticipation
1414 A Study In Feeling
1382 A Question
1357 Outbid
1350 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1350 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1346 A Minute
1315 Why I Went To The Foot
1299 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1277 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1248 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1231 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1218 Golden Silence
1196 Circumstantial Evidence
1165 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1161 Ridden Down
1131 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1114 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1095 Djolan
1092 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1067 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1008 To Phyllis And May
382 No Beer, No Work
365 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
324 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
290 Western
287 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
116 To May
97 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
94 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
86 To Lovers
62 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.


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