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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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4602 The Golf Walk
4324 Judgment Day
3495 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3354 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2941 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2819 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2702 The Cut Finger
2319 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2169 Immortality
2116 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2080 To Marguerite
2057 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2036 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2010 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1989 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1953 Why Washington Retreated
1938 The Final Tax
1929 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1900 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1887 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1806 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1805 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1802 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1796 Millennium
1792 Night In The City
1730 October
1714 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1712 The Wood Nymph
1709 A Study In Feeling
1703 The Daughter Of The Year
1700 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1682 A Pastoral
1654 Anticipation
1652 Womanly Qualms
1638 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1623 A Satisfactory Reform
1611 Says Mister Doojabs
1603 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1599 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1593 Trespassers
1590 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
1558 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1536 A Minute
1525 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1523 A Question
1486 Outbid
1451 Why I Went To The Foot
1448 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1429 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1390 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1374 Golden Silence
1364 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1309 Circumstantial Evidence
1294 Ridden Down
1288 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1279 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1228 Djolan
1198 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1130 To Phyllis And May
640 No Beer, No Work
555 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
540 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
531 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
449 Western
300 To May
264 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
263 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
234 To Lovers
186 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
170 Would You Believe It?
142 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
74 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures


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