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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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4540 The Golf Walk
4287 Judgment Day
3403 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3280 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2853 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2689 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2634 The Cut Finger
2268 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2135 Immortality
2043 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1998 To Marguerite
1984 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1952 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1947 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1945 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1903 Why Washington Retreated
1888 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1884 The Final Tax
1847 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1828 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1754 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1743 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1739 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1732 Night In The City
1713 Millennium
1682 October
1681 The Wood Nymph
1651 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1649 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1649 A Study In Feeling
1643 The Daughter Of The Year
1615 A Pastoral
1590 Womanly Qualms
1584 A Satisfactory Reform
1580 Anticipation
1570 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1553 Says Mister Doojabs
1543 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
1543 Trespassers
1528 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1509 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1477 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1472 A Question
1453 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1450 Outbid
1429 A Minute
1397 Why I Went To The Foot
1382 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1372 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1325 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1309 Golden Silence
1303 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1271 Circumstantial Evidence
1239 Ridden Down
1233 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1231 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1207 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1168 Djolan
1143 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1083 To Phyllis And May
494 No Beer, No Work
483 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
476 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
462 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
384 Western
232 To May
200 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
193 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
170 To Lovers
138 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
94 Would You Believe It?
90 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister


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