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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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4408 The Golf Walk
4062 Judgment Day
3166 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3140 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2669 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2414 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
2406 The Cut Finger
2104 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1998 Immortality
1839 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1836 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1835 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1807 To Marguerite
1803 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1780 Why Washington Retreated
1777 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1768 The Final Tax
1743 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1722 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1695 Would You Believe It?
1694 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1647 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1591 Millennium
1563 The Wood Nymph
1552 October
1528 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1527 The Daughter Of The Year
1517 Night In The City
1515 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1514 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1508 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1466 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1463 A Satisfactory Reform
1462 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1446 Womanly Qualms
1435 A Pastoral
1425 Trespassers
1418 Says Mister Doojabs
1392 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
1392 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1382 A Study In Feeling
1340 A Question
1330 Anticipation
1327 Outbid
1319 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1312 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1311 A Minute
1286 Why I Went To The Foot
1267 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1258 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1223 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1204 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1197 Golden Silence
1168 Circumstantial Evidence
1140 Ridden Down
1139 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1108 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1072 Djolan
1072 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1045 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
997 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
988 To Phyllis And May
333 No Beer, No Work
321 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
288 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
264 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
247 Western
76 To May
70 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
61 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
51 To Lovers
43 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.


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