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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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4807 The Golf Walk
4769 Judgment Day
3729 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3568 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3198 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2986 The Cut Finger
2659 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2488 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2356 Immortality
2316 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2282 To Marguerite
2249 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2209 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2209 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2181 Why Washington Retreated
2155 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2142 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2133 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2131 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
2131 A Pastoral
2093 The Final Tax
2045 A Study In Feeling
2029 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
2025 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1985 Says Mister Doojabs
1978 Millennium
1960 October
1940 The Wood Nymph
1923 The Daughter Of The Year
1894 Anticipation
1868 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1834 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
1827 Womanly Qualms
1817 Trespassers
1767 A Minute
1742 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1741 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1691 A Question
1678 Outbid
1658 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1626 Why I Went To The Foot
1622 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1587 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1575 Golden Silence
1572 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1559 Ridden Down
1552 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1499 Djolan
1495 Circumstantial Evidence
1470 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1365 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1289 To Phyllis And May
983 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
898 No Beer, No Work
830 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
761 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
625 Western
535 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
522 To May
486 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
443 To Lovers
421 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
366 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
265 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
237 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
124 Would You Believe It?
119 The Ballade Of The Automobile
84 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
79 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
72 Night In The City
66 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
44 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy


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