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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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4795 The Golf Walk
4708 Judgment Day
3695 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3545 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3179 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2964 The Cut Finger
2637 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2384 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2345 Immortality
2296 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2265 To Marguerite
2229 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2196 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2193 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2164 Why Washington Retreated
2140 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2114 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2109 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
2109 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2083 The Final Tax
2073 A Pastoral
2010 A Study In Feeling
2004 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1962 Millennium
1951 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
1944 October
1931 Says Mister Doojabs
1925 The Wood Nymph
1871 Anticipation
1860 The Daughter Of The Year
1851 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1819 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 8 Comments
1810 Womanly Qualms
1793 Trespassers
1734 A Minute
1726 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1723 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1670 A Question
1662 Outbid
1637 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1613 Why I Went To The Foot
1612 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1564 Golden Silence
1560 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1553 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1537 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1529 Ridden Down
1480 Circumstantial Evidence
1470 Djolan
1451 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1347 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1274 To Phyllis And May
925 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
874 No Beer, No Work
806 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
748 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
604 Western
500 To May
482 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
471 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
420 To Lovers
348 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
345 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
248 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
180 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
110 Would You Believe It?
102 The Ballade Of The Automobile
66 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
55 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
49 Night In The City
26 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
14 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment


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