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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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4619 The Golf Walk
4334 Judgment Day
3514 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3364 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2958 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2850 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2717 The Cut Finger
2347 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2178 Immortality
2142 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2093 To Marguerite
2073 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2052 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2030 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2005 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1971 Why Washington Retreated
1956 The Final Tax
1952 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1916 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1913 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1826 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1825 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1822 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1818 Night In The City
1811 Millennium
1746 October
1737 The Wood Nymph
1730 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1724 A Study In Feeling
1722 The Daughter Of The Year
1721 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1699 A Pastoral
1669 Anticipation
1667 Womanly Qualms
1649 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1640 A Satisfactory Reform
1633 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1622 Says Mister Doojabs
1619 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1611 Trespassers
1606 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
1570 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1557 A Minute
1544 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1538 A Question
1494 Outbid
1471 Why I Went To The Foot
1464 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1451 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1405 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1399 Golden Silence
1384 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1323 Circumstantial Evidence
1315 Ridden Down
1303 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1295 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1262 Djolan
1217 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1146 To Phyllis And May
656 No Beer, No Work
568 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
562 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
547 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
465 Western
320 To May
279 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
273 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
248 To Lovers
205 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
183 Would You Believe It?
160 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
93 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures


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