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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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4509 The Golf Walk
4232 Judgment Day
3320 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3245 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2801 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2617 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2591 The Cut Finger
2241 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 13 Comments
2101 Immortality
1993 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1950 To Marguerite
1944 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1917 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1909 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1898 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1880 Why Washington Retreated
1862 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1859 The Final Tax
1821 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1792 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1726 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1715 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1691 Night In The City
1683 Millennium
1682 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1661 The Wood Nymph
1654 October
1621 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1609 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1604 The Daughter Of The Year
1598 A Study In Feeling
1590 A Pastoral
1559 A Satisfactory Reform
1553 Womanly Qualms
1545 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1532 Anticipation
1520 Says Mister Doojabs
1516 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
1512 Trespassers
1498 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1445 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1444 A Question
1426 Outbid
1425 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1408 A Minute
1374 Why I Went To The Foot
1371 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1357 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1343 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1298 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1279 Golden Silence
1279 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1248 Circumstantial Evidence
1216 Ridden Down
1214 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1201 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1180 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1141 Djolan
1121 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1061 To Phyllis And May
453 No Beer, No Work
445 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
409 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
402 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
351 Western
203 To May
173 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
165 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
139 To Lovers
114 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
63 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
63 Would You Believe It?


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