ELLIS P. BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/15/1920 - HFSID 16175
Sale Price $324.00
ELLIS P. BUTLER
Ellis Parker Butler, author of Pigs is Pigs, wrote this letter in 1920, saying "How dare you say I am in hiding when I am here in plain sight". He included directions to find him that probably made perfect sense at the time. Signed with a picture of a pig.
Autograph letter signed "Ellis Parker Butler/('Pigs is Pigs')/[drawing of pig marked 'TRADE MARK']". Pencil notations in unknown hand on verso. 1 page, 5½x8½, on stationery of the Tuscarora Club of Mill Brook, New York. July 15, 1920. In full: "How dare you say I am in hiding when I am here in plain sight, right across the brook from the cow pasture, and almost mid-way between the iron bridge that up that way and the iron bridge that is down that way? As a matter of fact, if you draw a 62° triangle with the hermit thrush nest (with the four fledgling) as one end of its base, and chipping sparrow nest that blew out of the pine tree (and was tied back into place by the girl with the smile, because the Sparrowlets were still alive) as the other end of the base. You will find me at the apex, bald spot, wife, nonsense and all. Yours prominently". American author and humorist Butler (1869-1937) is probably best known for the 1905 short story Pigs Is Pigs. (Butler may have thought that he was a little too well known for it; according to his New York Times obituary, "he often complained that his name never appeared in print without the phrase 'author of Pigs Is Pigs'") (Like here, incidentally) He wrote 32 books and over 2,000 stories over 40 years, in spite of the fact that he was only a part-time writer. Yes! He worked for a living, first as a magazine publisher and then as a banker. Seven of his books, stories and scenarios were turned into movies; Pigs Is Pigs was adapted twice, in 1914 and 1954. He was also a founder member of the Dutch Treat Club and Author's League of America. Lightly toned and creased. Paper loss on verso with show-through at top edge (does not touch signature). Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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