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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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4748 The Golf Walk
4555 Judgment Day
3644 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3498 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
3134 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2882 The Cut Finger
2580 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2301 Immortality
2230 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2221 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
2216 To Marguerite
2185 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2158 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2136 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2109 Why Washington Retreated
2100 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2058 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
2055 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
2051 The Final Tax
2031 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1947 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1929 A Study In Feeling
1916 Millennium
1914 A Pastoral
1881 The Wood Nymph
1842 October
1815 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
1810 The Daughter Of The Year
1809 Anticipation
1804 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1800 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1776 Says Mister Doojabs
1775 Womanly Qualms
1774 A Satisfactory Reform Comments and analysis of A Satisfactory Reform by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
1751 Trespassers
1687 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1670 A Minute
1669 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1636 A Question
1611 Outbid
1580 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1574 Why I Went To The Foot
1565 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1516 Golden Silence
1506 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1505 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1480 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1453 Ridden Down
1443 Circumstantial Evidence
1409 Djolan
1408 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1315 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1237 To Phyllis And May
813 No Beer, No Work
802 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
741 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
701 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
567 Western
486 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
458 To May
422 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
375 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
369 To Lovers
313 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
208 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
161 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 11 Comments
83 Would You Believe It?
58 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
51 The Ballade Of The Automobile
29 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
18 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
11 Night In The City


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