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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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4577 The Golf Walk
4309 Judgment Day
3455 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3322 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2909 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2764 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2671 The Cut Finger
2294 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2151 Immortality
2083 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2050 To Marguerite
2027 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2004 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1980 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1961 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1925 Why Washington Retreated
1917 The Final Tax
1905 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1867 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1866 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1784 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1777 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1769 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1767 Night In The City
1763 Millennium
1698 October
1695 The Wood Nymph
1691 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1682 The Daughter Of The Year
1681 A Study In Feeling
1675 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1650 A Pastoral
1628 Womanly Qualms
1620 Anticipation
1605 A Satisfactory Reform
1596 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1582 Says Mister Doojabs
1567 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1564 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
1561 Trespassers
1541 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1533 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1508 A Minute
1492 A Question
1491 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1467 Outbid
1424 Why I Went To The Foot
1420 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1400 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1362 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1350 Golden Silence
1338 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1288 Circumstantial Evidence
1260 Ridden Down
1252 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1247 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1193 Djolan
1164 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1104 To Phyllis And May
610 No Beer, No Work
524 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
513 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
500 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
420 Western
275 To May
229 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
225 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
203 To Lovers
157 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
137 Would You Believe It?
107 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
32 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures


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