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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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4327 The Golf Walk
3921 Judgment Day
3083 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3065 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2502 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2325 The Cut Finger
2286 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
1988 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1917 Immortality
1850 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1774 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1737 To Marguerite
1727 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1725 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1706 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1705 Why Washington Retreated
1700 The Final Tax
1673 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1673 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
1657 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1641 Would You Believe It?
1620 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1578 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1571 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1517 Millennium
1489 The Wood Nymph
1462 October
1451 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1446 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1424 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1415 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1415 The Daughter Of The Year
1412 Night In The City
1405 A Satisfactory Reform
1397 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1393 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1390 Womanly Qualms
1369 Trespassers
1335 Says Mister Doojabs
1314 A Pastoral
1310 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1306 A Study In Feeling
1293 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
1275 Anticipation
1267 A Question
1265 Outbid
1250 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1235 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1226 Why I Went To The Foot
1218 A Minute
1200 To May
1198 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1184 To Lovers
1184 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1165 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1147 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1141 Golden Silence
1090 Ridden Down
1083 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1055 Circumstantial Evidence
1050 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1025 Djolan
1002 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
991 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
940 To Phyllis And May
935 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
734 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
255 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
202 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
197 No Beer, No Work
192 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
183 Western


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