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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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4367 The Golf Walk
3991 Judgment Day
3121 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3096 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2569 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2372 The Cut Finger
2352 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
2049 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1954 Immortality
1800 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1778 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1775 To Marguerite
1766 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1764 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1739 Why Washington Retreated
1734 The Final Tax
1726 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1694 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1668 Would You Believe It?
1661 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1645 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1610 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1560 Millennium
1524 The Wood Nymph
1513 October
1491 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1481 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1469 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1464 The Daughter Of The Year
1461 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1450 Night In The City
1431 A Satisfactory Reform
1428 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1425 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1412 Womanly Qualms
1403 A Pastoral
1398 Trespassers
1375 Says Mister Doojabs
1356 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1343 A Study In Feeling
1330 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
1305 Anticipation
1303 A Question
1300 Outbid
1286 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1271 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1261 A Minute
1256 Why I Went To The Foot
1234 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1223 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1193 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1170 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1169 Golden Silence
1117 Ridden Down
1109 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1105 Circumstantial Evidence
1077 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1049 Djolan
1032 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1017 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
962 To Phyllis And May
897 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
282 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
252 No Beer, No Work
243 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
225 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
211 Western
34 To May
28 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
27 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
25 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
24 To Lovers


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