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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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4308 The Golf Walk
3875 Judgment Day
3066 Merry Christmas And Happy New Year!
3037 Mouths Of Hippopotami And Some Recent Novels
2458 The Ballade Of The Mistletoe Bough
2252 Bird Nesting Comments and analysis of Bird Nesting by Ellis Parker Butler 7 Comments
2237 The Cut Finger
1947 The Rich Boy’s Christmas Comments and analysis of The Rich Boy’s Christmas by Ellis Parker Butler 12 Comments
1889 Immortality
1830 Cupid Caught Napping Comments and analysis of Cupid Caught Napping by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1757 A Lost Angel Comments and analysis of A Lost Angel by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1714 To Marguerite
1705 Song For Heroes Comments and analysis of Song For Heroes by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1692 How’d You Like It? Comments and analysis of How’d You Like It? by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1682 Why Washington Retreated
1674 The Ballade Of The Automobile
1674 The Final Tax
1655 When Ida Puts Her Armor On
1641 The Water Nymphs Comments and analysis of The Water Nymphs by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1636 Jabed Meeker, Humorist
1611 Would You Believe It?
1584 The Sheep Comments and analysis of The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1553 Mary Had A Little Frog Comments and analysis of Mary Had A Little Frog by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
1548 A Culinary Puzzle Comments and analysis of A Culinary Puzzle by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1493 Millennium
1459 The Wood Nymph
1428 The Poor Boy’s Christmas
1426 October
1422 New England Magazine Comments and analysis of New England Magazine by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1401 At Variance Comments and analysis of At Variance by Ellis Parker Butler 2 Comments
1393 The Daughter Of The Year
1392 The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
1391 Night In The City
1385 A Satisfactory Reform
1376 The Whale Comments and analysis of The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1369 A Scotchman Whose Name Was Isbister
1369 Womanly Qualms
1347 Trespassers
1313 Says Mister Doojabs
1302 A Pastoral
1294 A St. Valentine’s Day Tragedy
1288 A Study In Feeling
1268 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
1259 Anticipation
1246 Outbid
1245 A Question
1219 The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan
1215 Speaking Of Operations Comments and analysis of Speaking Of Operations by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1212 Why I Went To The Foot
1193 A Minute
1181 The Hunter Comments and analysis of The Hunter by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
1173 To May
1172 To Lovers
1163 The Twenty Hoss-Power Shay
1150 To Jessica, Gone Back To The City
1134 Valentine To The Girl In Black
1118 Golden Silence
1082 Ridden Down
1055 To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)
1039 Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; II: On Malicious Cruelty To Harmless Creatures
1037 Circumstantial Evidence
1009 Djolan
984 An Old-Fashioned Garden Comments and analysis of An Old-Fashioned Garden by Ellis Parker Butler 1 Comment
976 The Romance Of Patrolman Casey
923 To Phyllis And May
917 To G. M. W. And G. F. W.
536 The Ballad Of A Bachelor Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of A Bachelor by Ellis Parker Butler 5 Comments
214 Good - Better - Best Comments and analysis of Good - Better - Best by Ellis Parker Butler 4 Comments
177 No Beer, No Work
174 Partners Comments and analysis of Partners by Ellis Parker Butler 3 Comments
164 Reasonable Interest Comments and analysis of Reasonable Interest by Ellis Parker Butler 10 Comments
158 Western


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