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  1. American Magazine (December, 1905)   "Portrait"   This issue includes a photograph of the author including the commentary: "This magazine has received hundreds of inquiries regarding the author of 'Pigs is Pigs,' in the September number. Mr. Butler will contribute a series of whimsical stories to the magazine next year." p 121.  [EPBLIB]
  2. 1908

  3. Book News Monthly (July, 1908)   "Review"   Includes a short review of The Cheerful Smugglers. p 885.  [EPBLIB]
  4. 'Laughing Philosophers' from Good Housekeeping (August, 1908)
  5. Good Housekeeping (August, 1908)   "Laughing Philosophers" Click here to see a picture of this item.by Arthur Guiterman. Pages 123-30.  [EPBLIB]
  6. 1909

  7. New York Times (May 16, 1909)   "The Man Who Made Pigs and Pups Famous Tells How He Did It"   By Walter Alden Dyer. "Ellis Parker Butler Gives Receipts for Humor and Various Other Things." Includes a caricature of the author, from a sketch made in Paris by Leo Mielziner (b. 1869, d. 1935). p SM9.  [NYTIMES]
  8. Book News Monthly (October, 1909)   "Portrait"   Includes a photograph of Ellis Parker Butler with the caption "One of our most entertaining humorists" on page 101. There may be more, but the copy in EPBLIB is missing pages 99 and 100. Also, there's an ad that includes "Kilo" on page 23.  [EPBLIB]
  9. 1913

  10. New York Times (October 2, 1913)   "Down with Poison Ivy!"   An article. "Ellis Parker Butler Organizes a League to Suppress It." p 5.  [NYTIMES]
  11. 1915

  12. People's Home Journal (April, 1915)   "Ellis Parker Butler" Click here to see a picture of this item.Autobiographical piece. Includes a picture of the author. p 3.  [EPBLIB]
  13. The Book of Wonders (1915) "The Story in Pigs is Pigs" Click here to see a picture of this item.Article. Edited and Arranged by Rudolph John Bodmer. "The Book of Wonders, gives plain and simple answers to the thousands of everyday questions that are asked and which all should be able to, but cannot answer." "Fully illustrated with hundreds of educational pictures which stimulate the mind and give a bird's eye view of the wonders of nature and the wonders produced by man." Article on page 374 tells of the production of the 1914 film starring John Bunny, illustrated with several photographs. Presbrey Syndicate, Inc. New York. 1915.  [EPBLIB]
  14. 1917

  15. Saturday Evening Post (December 29, 1917)   "An Autobiography" Click here to see a picture of this item.An essay. Includes a photo of the author. p 23, 40.  [EPBLIB]
  16. 'Portrait' from The Best Stort Stories of 1918 (1918)


  17. The Best Stort Stories of 1918 (1918) "Portrait" Click here to see a picture of this item.Edited by Edward J. O'Brien (b. 1890, d. 1941). Small, Maynard and Company. Boston. 441 pages. O'Brien was killed in the WWII blitz of London.  [BEST]
  18. 1920

  19. Los Angeles Evening Herald (March 9, 1920)   "Ten Humor Rules Given by Author of 'Pigs is Pigs'"   Written by Adela Rogers St. John (b. 1894, d. 1988). Includes a photo of the author (the same photo as printed in July 1925 issue of Sunset Magazine) and a photo of the elder Butler with his son Ellis Olmsted (called "Ellis, Jr." in the caption). The similarly named article in Photoplay Magazine reprints major portions of this article. Ms. St. John was acting as publicist for King Vidor's film company (First National Pictures), which made the motion picture version of "Jack-Knife Man" this same year. Page 1 of Section 2.  [EPBLIB, HARPER]
  20. Judge (September 4, 1920)   "Review" Click here to see a picture of this item.By Myron M. Stearns ("Lenso"). A review of the King Vidor movie made from Butler's book The Jack-Knife Man.  [EPBLIB]
  21. 1921

  22. BOOK: My Maiden Effort (1921) "Ellis Parker Butler" Click here to see a picture of this item.An essay. This book is subtitled "The Personal Confessions of Well Known American Authors. Collected by the Authors' League of America" There's a one-page essay where Butler recalls his first published works saying "I've been a hard-working hack. I've earned what I got." Edited by Gelett Burgess. Garden City N. Y. and Toronto: Doubleday, Page and Company. Page 34.  [EPBLIB]
  23. 1922

  24. Our American Humorists (1922) "Ellis Parker Butler"   By Thomas Lansing Masson. Masson was one of three editors who urged Butler to move to NYC. Masson was literary and managing editor of "Life" starting in 1893. Chapter 6. p 73-90. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company.  [HARPER]
  25. 1925

  26. Ladies' Home Journal (June, 1925)   "Portrait"   Published in the "Our Family Album" section. Includes a photo of the author and three paragraphs of biography. p 138.  [RGTPL]
  27. Sunset Magazine (July, 1925)   "Portrait"   This issue includes a bio and photo of the author.  [EPBLIB]
  28. 'Some Memoirs of a Very, Very, Very Old Dutch Treater' from Dutch Treat Club Year Book (1925)
  29. Dutch Treat Club Year Book (1925)   "Some Memoirs of a Very, Very, Very Old Dutch Treater" Click here to see a picture of this item.By Julian Street. There is no material attributed to Butler in this volume, but he is referenced extensively in this humorous tribute to several Dutch Treat Club members. p 21-28. Butler is also listed as a member of the Board of Governors for the club. p 7.  [EPBLIB]
  30. 1926

  31. Boston Evening Transcript (May 1, 1926)   "Ellis Parker Butler Emerges from the West"   By Louise Hubert Guyol. A biographical study. "Out of Muscatine Eastward Came the American Humorist as He Valiantly Climbed the Ladder of Fame." Includes a photo of the author by Robert H. Davis. Also reprinted in the Muscatine Journal.  [HARPER]
  32. New York Times (December 3, 1926)   "Verse Means to Get About Queens"   A verse from Ellis Parker Butler makes the news.  [NYTIMES]
  33. 1927

  34. Dearborn Independent (June 11, 1927)   "Breaking Into Literary Game" Click here to see a picture of this item.by Thomas L. Masson. This article about succeeding as a writer starts with a long anecdote about Ellis Parker Butler's arrival in New York City. p 6-7, 20-21.  [EPBLIB]
  35. New York Times (August 21, 1927)   "Queens Houses Loathe to Use New Numbers"   A page one news story.  [NYTIMES]
  36. 1930

  37. A Book of Iowa Authors By Iowa Authors (1930) "Ellis Parker Butler"   By Frank Luther Mott. Reprinted from JAN-1928(?). The book is edited by Johnson Brigham (State Librarian) in cooperation with Charles F. Pye and F. A. Welch. Des Moines: Iowa State Teachers Association. Includes a photo of the author. p 33-42.  [EPBLIB]
  38. 1931

  39. American Girl (January, 1931)   "Introducing Some 'American Girl' Authors and Artists"   This article has short profiles of regular contributors to The American Girl, including Butler (with a photograph). p 26-27.  [EPBLIB]
  40. 'Breaking Into Literary Game' from Dearborn Independent (June 11, 1927)
  41. Author's Weekly (June 20, 1931)   "Benefit for Needy Writers"   Butler is quoted and referenced by name in this article. The full title of this publication is "The Author's Weekly - The Editor."  [LOCKE]
  42. Argosy (August 8, 1931)   "The Men Who Make the Argosy" Click here to see a picture of this item.A profile. Includes a photograph of the author.  [ARGOSY]
  43. 1932

  44. 20 Best Short Stories in Ray Long's 20 Years as an Editor (April, 1932) "Some Amazing Figures"   This book includes a two-page discourse by editor Ray Long on the way Philo Gubb developed from the first story in the May 1913 edition of Red Book magazine.  [EPBLIB]
  45. American Girl (April, 1932)   "Who's Who In This Issue"   A short biography of the author, with a photograph. The name "Ellis Parker Butler" appears on the cover. p 54.  [EPBLIB]
  46. Bookman (June and July, 1932)   "Method In Their Madness"   By Edward Weeks. "Sidelights on the Writing Habits of Authors -- Part Two." There's a brief reference to Ellis Parker Butler on page 228. p 225-232.  [EPBLIB]
  47. 1935

  48. St. Nicholas Magazine (November, 1935)   "Portrait"   Cited by CHAPIN and listed in RGTPL, this portrait of the author consists of a single paragraph and a black and white photo on page 1.  [CHAPIN, RGTPL]
  49. 1937

  50. New York Herald Tribune (September 14, 1937)   "Ellis P. Butler, of 'Pigs Is Pigs' Fame, Is Dead"   Obituary. p 20.  [HARPER]
  51. New York Times (September 14, 1937)   "E. P. Butler Dead; Noted Humorist"   Obituary. "His 'Pigs is Pigs' Made Nation Laugh Thirty Years Ago -- Author of 32 Books. Wrote Poetry as Child. Had Served as Bank Executive in Flushing Where He Lived 30 Years -- Succumbs at 67." Includes a photo of the author.  [CHAPIN, NYTIMES]
  52. 'The Men Who Make the Argosy' from Argosy (August 8, 1931)
  53. _____ (September 16, 1937)   "Writers Among 200 at Butler Funeral"   A notice of the funeral of Ellis Parker Butler.  [NYTIMES]
  54. Time Magazine (September 20, 1937)   "Milestones"   An obituary. From Time.com WEB.  [WEB]
  55. Authors' League Bulletin (October, 1937)   "Ellis Parker Butler"   Obituary. By Will Irwin. p 4-5.  [HARPER]
  56. American Boy (November, 1937)   "He Lives On" Click here to see a picture of this item.Obituary.  [EPBLIB]
  57. 1942

  58. BOOK: Twentieth Century Authors (1942) "Ellis Parker Butler"   "A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Literature" Edited by Stanley J. Kunitz. Includes an extended autobiography written by Butler just before his death. Includes a photo of the author. New York: H. W. Wilson Company.  [HARPER]
  59. 1946

  60. The Happy Profession (1946) "Friends and Crooks"   By Ellery Sedgwick. An Atlantic Monthly Press Book. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. Pages 124 and 126.  [EPBLIB]
  61. 1947

  62. Historic Midwest Houses (1947) "Beside the Mississippi" Click here to see a picture of this item."Ellis Parker Butler House, Muscatine, Built in 1860's." Includes a black and white photograph of the home at 607 Third Street in Muscatine, Iowa. University of Minnesota. Bonanza Books. Crown Publishers. New York. Pages 133-134. Reprinted in 1975.  [EPBLIB]
  63. 1948

  64. What Grandpa Laughed At (1948) "The Year 1905"   "Homer Croy's roundup of the best in American Humor from the World's Fair 0f 1893 to the First World War." By Homer Croy. Duell, Sloan and Pearce. New York. Page 109.  [CHAPIN]
  65. 'The Origin of the Dutch Treat Club' from New York City Folklore (1956)


  66. New York City Folklore (1956) "The Origin of the Dutch Treat Club" Click here to see a picture of this item.Edited by B. A. Botkin. Westport Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Reprinted 1976. ISBN 0-8371-9310-9.  [EPBLIB]
  67. 1959

  68. Handwriting Analysis (1959) "Ellis Parker Butler" Click here to see a picture of this item.This book contains a brief analysis of Butler's character from a sample of his handwriting. "The Art and Science of Reading Character" by M. N. Bunker, founder, International Grapho Analysis Society. Chicago: Nelson-Hall Company, Publishers. Pages 27-29.  [EPBLIB]
  69. 1967

  70. Iowa Authors (1967) "Ellis Parker Butler" Click here to see a picture of this item.By Frank Paluka. "A Bio-bibliography of Sixty Native Writers" Iowa City, Iowa: Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, paperback issue, green wraps, 244pp. p 18-21.  [EPBLIB]
  71. 1980

  72. Little Known Stories of Muscatine (1980) "Glamorous As Kashmir" Click here to see a picture of this item.By William D. Randall. Edited by members of the Friends of the Musser Public Library. Written from scripts of a radio program on local radio stations KWPC and KFMH. The initial series was broadcast on Sunday afternoons June 5 through August 28, 1949. Muscatine Iowa: Friends of the Musser Public Library. Volume 1. p 21-25. Copies are available for purchase at the Musser Public Library; 304 Iowa Avenue; Muscatine, Iowa 52761-3875. telephone: (563) 263-3472.  [EPBLIB]
  73. 1982

  74. Western Illinois Regional Studies (1982)   "Ellis Parker Butler: Popular Humorist at the Turn of the Century"   By Jeffrey J. Folks. Includes a photograph of Ellis Parker Butler. Volume 5.1. p 38-53.  [HARPER]
  75. 1988

  76. King Vidor (1988) "The Jack-Knife Man"   An extended oral history of King Vidor who directed the film made from Ellis Parker Butler's book The Jack-Knife Man. Interviewed by Nancy Dowd and David Shepard. Metuchen NJ and London: The Directors Guild of America and The Scarecrow Press. p 21-25. ISBN 0-8108-2161-3.  [EPBLIB]


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