Ellis Parker Butler
(1869 - 1937)
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
A move to the country allows the narrator to garden to his heart's content -- and more. Read online at Hathitrust.
Carter’s Legacy (1928)
A short story extolling the virtues of thrift and the history of a bank. Published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Citizens Trust Company of Utica, New York.
The Cheerful Smugglers (1908)
Tom and Laura decide to charge themselves a tariff on everything they buy, to build up Bobbert's college fund. Read online at archive.org.
The Confessions of a Daddy (1907)
A hymn to fatherhood, and motherhood. Read online at archive.org.
The Delineator July 1922 (1922)
A meditation of the merchandising of books in drugstores.
Dominie Dean (1917)
A humorous novel set in Muscatine. Read online at Hathitrust.
Dorna or The Hillvale Affair (1929)
A summertime story and a mystery.
An Experiment in Gyro-Hats (1910)
In which a new and original top hat helps the course of true love to run smooth. Read online at archive.org.
The French Decorative Styles (1904)
Ghosts What Ain’t (1923)
A humorous sermon on not letting our fears prevent us from acting. Read online at Hathitrust.
Our popular author urges us to give up collecting goat -feathers, distractions from our real calling. Read online at archive.org.
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.
How it Feels to Be Fifty (1920)
"The great expectations are not all on the younger side of fifty. But the great satisfactions are nearly all on the onward side of it." Read online at archive.org.
Hunting the Wow (1934)
A collection of humorous stories and essays.
An article reprinted from the American magazine on the dangers of slipping back when you try to get ahead. Read online at Hathitrust.
In Pawn (1921)
Another tale of Muscatine, this time about a lazy junk man and his young boy. Read online at archive.org.
The Incubator Baby (1906)
Baby Marjorie triumphs over the committee and her scientific upbringing. Read online at archive.org.