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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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4713 The Golf Walk
4453 Judgment Day
3599 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3463 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3093 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2825 The Cut Finger
2519 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2268 Immortality
2246 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2185 To Marguerite
2176 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2144 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2122 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2095 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2061 Why Washington Retreated
2057 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2053 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2026 The Final Tax
2011 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2001 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1961 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1918 Night In The City
1910 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1881 Millennium
1862 A Study In Feeling
1848 The Wood Nymph
1832 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1825 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1814 October
1810 A Pastoral
1790 The Daughter Of The Year
1765 Anticipation
1760 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1744 Womanly Qualms
1737 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1714 Trespassers
1708 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
1705 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1694 Says Mister Doojabs
1643 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1638 A Minute
1631 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1609 A Question
1577 Outbid
1551 Why I Went To The Foot
1545 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1531 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1483 Golden Silence
1475 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1452 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1424 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1412 Ridden Down
1409 Circumstantial Evidence
1377 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1332 Djolan
1284 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1216 To Phyllis And May
769 No Beer, No Work
695 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
689 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
657 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
531 Western
416 To May
384 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
373 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
341 To Lovers
300 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
280 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
183 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
51 Would You Believe It?
32 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
8 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments


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