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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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4720 The Golf Walk
4486 Judgment Day
3618 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3476 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3106 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2848 The Cut Finger
2553 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2275 Immortality
2194 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2192 To Marguerite
2154 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2134 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2107 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2106 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2073 Why Washington Retreated
2070 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2036 The Final Tax
2027 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2013 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1983 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1933 Night In The City
1924 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1889 Millennium
1882 A Study In Feeling
1857 The Wood Nymph
1842 A Pastoral
1836 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1822 October
1794 The Daughter Of The Year
1780 Anticipation
1771 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1753 Womanly Qualms
1745 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1740 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
1731 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1727 Trespassers
1720 Says Mister Doojabs
1657 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1646 A Minute
1642 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1615 A Question
1590 Outbid
1558 Why I Went To The Foot
1556 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1542 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1489 Golden Silence
1486 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1459 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1453 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1429 Ridden Down
1416 Circumstantial Evidence
1383 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1343 Djolan
1291 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1223 To Phyllis And May
788 No Beer, No Work
720 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
709 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
667 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
540 Western
427 To May
409 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
394 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
353 To Lovers
315 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
294 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
192 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
102 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
59 Would You Believe It?
22 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
7 The Ballade Of The Automobile
6 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments


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