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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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4777 The Golf Walk
4643 Judgment Day
3677 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3522 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3156 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2925 The Cut Finger
2609 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2324 Immortality
2299 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2273 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2237 To Marguerite
2211 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2179 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2167 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2134 Why Washington Retreated
2128 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2090 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2087 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2073 The Final Tax
2070 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1996 A Pastoral
1977 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1972 A Study In Feeling
1939 Millennium
1902 The Wood Nymph
1890 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
1865 October
1857 Says Mister Doojabs
1841 Anticipation
1840 The Daughter Of The Year
1833 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1798 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
1795 Womanly Qualms
1780 Trespassers
1707 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1703 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1698 A Minute
1658 A Question
1637 Outbid
1616 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1593 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1593 Why I Went To The Foot
1540 Golden Silence
1538 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1531 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1511 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1472 Ridden Down
1463 Circumstantial Evidence
1445 Djolan
1429 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1330 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1255 To Phyllis And May
863 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
851 No Beer, No Work
774 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
733 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
588 Western
574 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
483 To May
450 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
427 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
401 To Lovers
334 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
259 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
231 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
123 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
98 Would You Believe It?
77 The Ballade Of The Automobile
50 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
43 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
30 Night In The City
3 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy


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