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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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4420 The Golf Walk
4092 Judgment Day
3183 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3153 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2690 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2442 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
2427 The Cut Finger
2122 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
2015 Immortality
1869 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1851 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1850 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1830 To Marguerite
1816 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1801 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1794 Why Washington Retreated
1778 The Final Tax
1759 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1733 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1708 Would You Believe It?
1706 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1660 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1598 Millennium
1585 The Wood Nymph
1564 October
1546 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1542 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1539 Night In The City
1537 The Daughter Of The Year
1529 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1528 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1483 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1480 A Satisfactory Reform
1475 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1466 Womanly Qualms
1452 A Pastoral
1437 Trespassers
1436 Says Mister Doojabs
1410 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
1406 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1398 A Study In Feeling
1358 A Question
1340 Anticipation
1340 Outbid
1332 A Minute
1332 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1330 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1302 Why I Went To The Foot
1285 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1268 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1234 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1218 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1207 Golden Silence
1187 Circumstantial Evidence
1152 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1150 Ridden Down
1120 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1089 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1082 Djolan
1058 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1057 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
997 To Phyllis And May
359 No Beer, No Work
346 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
303 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
275 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
265 Western
98 To May
84 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
77 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
68 To Lovers
53 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.


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