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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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4354 The Golf Walk
3971 Judgment Day
3106 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3086 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2543 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2351 The Cut Finger
2328 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
2029 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1942 Immortality
1789 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1761 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1761 To Marguerite
1750 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1740 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1725 Why Washington Retreated
1723 The Final Tax
1710 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1676 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1658 Would You Believe It?
1643 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1613 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1591 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1544 Millennium
1510 The Wood Nymph
1494 October
1475 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1473 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1447 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1443 The Daughter Of The Year
1442 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1433 Night In The City
1420 A Satisfactory Reform
1416 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1411 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1405 Womanly Qualms
1390 A Pastoral
1387 Trespassers
1357 Says Mister Doojabs
1335 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1329 A Study In Feeling
1316 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
1297 Anticipation
1289 A Question
1288 Outbid
1278 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1259 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1241 Why I Went To The Foot
1239 A Minute
1225 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1209 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1181 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1161 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1159 Golden Silence
1111 Ridden Down
1098 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1087 Circumstantial Evidence
1064 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1040 Djolan
1022 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1011 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
956 To Phyllis And May
838 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
273 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
227 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
226 No Beer, No Work
216 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
197 Western
21 To May
18 To Lovers
17 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
15 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
13 When Ida Puts Her Armor On


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