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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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4304 The Golf Walk
3854 Judgment Day
3053 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3028 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2441 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2243 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
2230 The Cut Finger
1937 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1879 Immortality
1823 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1751 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1709 To Marguerite
1696 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1685 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1675 Why Washington Retreated
1666 The Final Tax
1662 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1646 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
1632 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1626 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1606 Would You Believe It?
1574 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1550 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1534 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1486 Millennium
1452 The Wood Nymph
1423 October
1414 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1394 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1386 The Daughter Of The Year
1383 Night In The City
1377 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1374 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1370 A Satisfactory Reform
1362 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1362 Womanly Qualms
1338 Trespassers
1305 Says Mister Doojabs
1297 A Pastoral
1289 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1278 A Study In Feeling
1268 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1260 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
1251 Anticipation
1240 A Question
1239 Outbid
1213 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1208 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1208 Why I Went To The Foot
1189 A Minute
1175 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1167 To Lovers
1164 To May
1160 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1145 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1132 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1113 Golden Silence
1078 Ridden Down
1049 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1032 Circumstantial Evidence
1030 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1005 Djolan
979 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
972 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
919 To Phyllis And May
913 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
517 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
198 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
173 No Beer, No Work
161 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
152 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
152 Western


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