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Ellis Parker Butler

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(1869 - 1937)

Ellis Parker Butler

Ellis Parker Butler (December 5, 1869 – September 13, 1937) was an American author. 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.

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.

This website includes many of his publications that were not reprinted in books: http://www.philsp.com/EllisParkerButler/index.html



Bibliography

The Great American Pie Company (1907)

Mr. Deacon and Mr. Doolittle are the delivery men for their wives’ pie bakeries. In the great American tradition they get together over a pie and carve up the market between them. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Frederic Dorr Steele

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Jibby Jones and the Alligator: The Story of the Young Alligator-Hunters of the Upper Mississippi Valley (1924)

Further adventures of Jibby Jones and his friends on the Mississippi River based on the author’s boyhood in Muscatine, Iowa.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Arthur G. Dorr

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Jibby Jones: A Story of Mississippi River Adventure for Boys (1923)

Summer time adventures of five boys on the middle Mississippi River based on the author’s boyhood in Muscatine, Iowa. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Arthur G. Dorr

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Jo Ann, Tomboy (1933)

Jo Ann has her work cut out for her to bring Tommy Bassick to heel.

1933

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Louise A. Kent
Illustrator(s): Ruth King

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Mike Flannery on Duty and Off (1909)

Three further adventures of the literal-minded manager of the Westcote express office. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Gustavus C. Widney

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Perkins of Portland Perkins the Great (1906)

Eight episodes in the career of Perkins of Portland, the greatest American promoter of the early twentieth century. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Adrian J. Iorio

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Philo Gubb: Correspondence School Detective (1918)

Seventeen adventures of the world’s first correspondence school detective. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Rea Irvin

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Pigs Is Pigs (1905)

Mike Flannery, the Westcote agent of the Interurban Express Company determines that guinea pigs should pay the same freight as hogs, not pets. The consignee refuses to pay and Mike ends up with a rapidly multiplying stock of guinea pigs.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Will Crawford

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Pigs Is Pigs (1906)

Mike Flannery, the Westcote agent of the Interurban Express Company determines that guinea pigs should pay the same freight as hogs, not pets. The consignee refuses to pay and Mike ends up with a rapidly multiplying stock of guinea pigs. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Will Crawford

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Pups and Pies (1927)

An omnibus edition containing That Pup, Mike Flannery, The Thin Santa Claus, The Water Goats and The Great American Pie Company.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Various

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Pups and Pies (1938)

An omnibus edition containing That Pup, Mike Flannery, The Thin Santa Claus, The Water Goats and The Great American Pie Company.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Red Head and Whistle Breeches (1915)

When Mike Murphy goes to beg a pardon of the governor for his son, he knows the governor will recognize him as the boy who used to beat him up every day - and he does, with gratitude. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Arthur Davenport Fuller

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Swatty: A Story of Real Boys (1920)

A story of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): W. B. King
Frank Schoonover

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That Pup (1908)

Murchison has a dog he wants to get rid of. The true story of Fluff, ‘that pup of Murchison’s.’ Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): F. Strothmann

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The Thin Santa Claus: The Chicken Yard That Was a Christmas Stocking (1909)

On Christmas morning Mrs. Gratz wakes to find her hen house robbed of nine hens and a rooster - but the robber has left behind his purse containing nine hundred dollars. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): May Wilson Preston

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The Water Goats and Other Troubles (1910)

Three stories including ‘The Water Goats,’ ‘Mr. Billing’s Pockets,’ and ‘Our First Burglar.’ Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Ellis Parker Butler
Illustrator(s): Harrison Cady
Irma Deremeaux
Gustavus C. Widney

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