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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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4552 The Golf Walk
4301 Judgment Day
3418 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3300 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2876 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2716 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2651 The Cut Finger
2277 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2140 Immortality
2059 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2023 To Marguerite
2001 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1977 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1963 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1955 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1909 Why Washington Retreated
1902 The Final Tax
1896 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1855 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1848 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1768 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1757 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1748 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1746 Night In The City
1729 Millennium
1686 October
1685 The Wood Nymph
1666 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1664 A Study In Feeling
1661 The Daughter Of The Year
1657 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1636 A Pastoral
1602 Womanly Qualms
1600 Anticipation
1592 A Satisfactory Reform
1576 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1565 Says Mister Doojabs
1551 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
1551 Trespassers
1542 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1521 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1507 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1477 A Question
1466 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1458 A Minute
1455 Outbid
1407 Why I Went To The Foot
1395 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1375 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1342 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1321 Golden Silence
1315 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1277 Circumstantial Evidence
1245 Ridden Down
1241 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1223 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1172 Djolan
1151 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1088 To Phyllis And May
507 No Beer, No Work
495 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
494 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
477 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
399 Western
245 To May
206 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
206 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
184 To Lovers
148 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
111 Would You Believe It?
96 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
10 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures


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