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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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4687 The Golf Walk
4416 Judgment Day
3576 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3434 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3051 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2979 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2801 The Cut Finger
2465 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2233 Immortality
2215 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2156 To Marguerite
2141 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2116 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2093 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2071 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2037 Why Washington Retreated
2023 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2008 The Final Tax
1982 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1977 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1920 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1918 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1900 Night In The City
1889 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1889 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1860 Millennium
1824 A Study In Feeling
1808 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1806 The Wood Nymph
1798 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1789 October
1781 A Pastoral
1778 The Daughter Of The Year
1738 Anticipation
1731 Womanly Qualms
1725 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1705 A Satisfactory Reform
1685 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
1683 Trespassers
1680 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1676 Says Mister Doojabs
1620 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1612 A Minute
1605 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1591 A Question
1552 Outbid
1528 Why I Went To The Foot
1522 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1510 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1448 Golden Silence
1448 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1433 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1386 Circumstantial Evidence
1382 Ridden Down
1374 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1357 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1320 Djolan
1263 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1195 To Phyllis And May
738 No Beer, No Work
661 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
656 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
632 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
515 Western
392 To May
349 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
336 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
313 To Lovers
272 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
247 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
155 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
30 Would You Believe It?


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