Ellis Parker Butler was an American novelist, essayist, journalist, short story writer, and poet. He was a founding member of the Author's League of America. Butler was born on December 5, 1869 in Muscatine, Iowa and died on September 13, 1937 in Williamsville, Massachusetts. He spent much of his life in Flushing, Queens, New York City.
Butler's writing career spanned more than forty years. He wrote more than thirty published books and more than two thousand short stories, essays, articles and poems. His works were published im more than two hundred different magazines.
The most well known of Butler's works today is the short story "Pigs Is Pigs". The story concerns an Irish railroad employee who insists on charging the steeper livestock fee instead of the domestic animals fee for a shipment of two guinea pigs, insisting that pigs are not pets. The customer refuses to pay the charge, the guinea pigs are left at the train station and soon begin multiplying at an alarming rate.
Although Butler was a prolific author and the most published writer of the pulp-fiction era, for most of his life he kept up a day-job as a banker.