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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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4638 The Golf Walk
4357 Judgment Day
3527 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3384 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2974 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2884 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
2741 The Cut Finger
2382 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 14 Comments
2192 Immortality
2167 The Ballade Of The Automobile
2110 To Marguerite
2090 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
2068 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2048 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
2023 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1988 Why Washington Retreated
1972 The Final Tax
1972 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1930 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1927 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1851 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1848 Night In The City
1843 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1842 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1824 Millennium
1761 The Wood Nymph
1757 October
1750 A Study In Feeling
1746 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1744 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1744 The Daughter Of The Year
1743 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
1726 A Pastoral
1692 Anticipation
1680 Womanly Qualms
1672 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1658 A Satisfactory Reform
1638 Trespassers
1636 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1635 Says Mister Doojabs
1629 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
1587 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1572 A Minute
1567 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
1555 A Question
1508 Outbid
1495 Why I Went To The Foot
1480 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1469 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1415 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1412 Golden Silence
1395 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1337 Circumstantial Evidence
1335 Ridden Down
1319 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1313 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1286 Djolan
1229 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
1161 To Phyllis And May
679 No Beer, No Work
594 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
593 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
573 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
479 Western
338 To May
295 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
294 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
268 To Lovers
226 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
195 Would You Believe It?
180 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
115 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures


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