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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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4914 Judgment Day
4858 The Golf Walk
3803 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3639 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3252 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
3065 The Cut Finger
2927 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2721 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2407 Immortality
2388 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2357 To Marguerite
2321 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2313 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2284 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2249 A Pastoral
2238 Why Washington Retreated
2227 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2223 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2206 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
2197 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2167 A Study In Feeling
2146 The Final Tax
2113 Says Mister Doojabs
2083 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
2043 Millennium
2023 October
2010 The Daughter Of The Year
2000 The Wood Nymph
1962 Anticipation
1921 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1916 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
1886 Trespassers
1886 Womanly Qualms
1828 A Minute
1811 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1806 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1748 A Question
1724 Outbid
1722 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1718 Why I Went To The Foot
1687 Ridden Down
1685 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1657 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1639 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1632 Golden Silence
1601 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1588 Djolan
1539 Circumstantial Evidence
1526 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1424 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1348 To Phyllis And May
1153 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
974 No Beer, No Work
889 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
814 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
670 Western
652 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
585 To May
577 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
545 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
517 To Lovers
444 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
336 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
329 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
230 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
181 The Ballade Of The Automobile
179 Would You Believe It?
169 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
155 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
142 Night In The City
128 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
112 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


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