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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 exponentially. His most famous character was Philo Gubb.

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 Authors League of America, Butler was an always-present force in the New York City literary scene.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 5, 1869 (Muscatine), Died September 13, 1937 (Williamsville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-16181 10-in. 7/8/1915 Mrs. Dugan's discovery Taylor Holmes Recitation, unaccompanied author  
Columbia 46199 10-in. 11/15/1915 Mrs. Dugan's discovery Steve Porter Comic monologue author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Butler, Ellis Parker," accessed June 25, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103118.

Butler, Ellis Parker. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 25, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103118.

"Butler, Ellis Parker." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 25 June 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103118

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