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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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4374 The Golf Walk
4008 Judgment Day
3131 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3105 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2587 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2381 The Cut Finger
2369 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
2061 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1962 Immortality
1807 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1798 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1790 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1784 To Marguerite
1773 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1751 Why Washington Retreated
1747 The Final Tax
1735 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1700 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1684 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1673 Would You Believe It?
1655 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1621 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1566 Millennium
1532 The Wood Nymph
1520 October
1501 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1488 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1483 The Daughter Of The Year
1479 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1473 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1466 Night In The City
1438 A Satisfactory Reform
1437 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1433 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1416 Womanly Qualms
1411 A Pastoral
1404 Trespassers
1386 Says Mister Doojabs
1367 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1351 A Study In Feeling
1343 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
1317 A Question
1309 Outbid
1307 Anticipation
1294 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1280 A Minute
1278 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1266 Why I Went To The Foot
1240 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1236 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1202 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1174 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1173 Golden Silence
1125 Circumstantial Evidence
1122 Ridden Down
1118 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1088 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1054 Djolan
1043 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1024 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
972 To Phyllis And May
926 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
291 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
273 No Beer, No Work
251 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
237 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
218 Western
45 To May
41 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
35 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
29 To Lovers
27 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.


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