Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler (December 5, 1869September 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. Amongst others he wrote twenty-five stories to Woman's Home Companion between 1906 and 1935. The stories in the Companion were illustrated by artists including May Wilson Preston, Frederic Dorr Steele, Herbert Paus and Rico Le Brun.

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 and was interred in Flushing Cemetery.

External links

* A searchable [http://www.ellisparkerbutler.info Ellis Parker Butler] bibliography and the texts of hundreds of pieces of his writing, as well as many of the original illustrations and [http://www.ellisparkerbutler.info/epb/cover.asp pulp magazine covers] .
* [http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty-a-m.html#butler ebooks of works by Ellis Parker Butler] at [http://gutenberg.net.au Project Gutenberg Australia]
* [http://librivox.org/short-story-collection-001/ Free audiobook] of "Pigs is Pigs" from [http://librivox.org/ LibriVox]
* [http://slapcast.com/users/revry Many Ellis Parker Butler stories, including Pigs is Pigs and most of the Perkins of Portland tales are read in Mister Ron's Basement] Podcast
* [http://www.adamsmithacademy.org/PigsIsPigs.html Online movie of "Pigs is Pigs"] produced by the Adam Smith Academy

NAME=Butler, Ellis Parker
DATE OF BIRTH=December 5, 1869
PLACE OF BIRTH=Muscatine, Iowa
DATE OF DEATH=September 13, 1937
PLACE OF DEATH=Williamsville, Massachusetts

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