B. M. Bower

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Bertha Muzzy Sinclair or Sinclair-Cowan, née Muzzy (November 15, 1871 – July 23, 1940), best known by her pseudonym B. M. Bower, was an American author who wrote novels, fictional short stories, and screenplays about the American Old West.[1]Her works, featuring cowboys and cows of the Flying R Ranch in Montana, reflected "an interest in ranch life, the use of working cowboys as main characters (even in romantic plots), the occasional appearance of eastern types for the sake of contrast, a sense of western geography as simultaneously harsh and grand, and a good deal of factual attention to such matters as cattle branding and bronc busting."[2]

Biography[edit]

Born Bertha Muzzy in Otter Tail County, MN and living her early years in Big Sandy, Montana, she was married three times: to Clayton Bower, in 1890; to Bertrand William Sinclair,(also a Western author) in 1912; and to Robert Elsworth Cowan, in 1921.[1][3][4] Bower's 1912 novel Lonesome Land was praised in The Bookman magazine for its characterization. [4] She wrote 57 Western novels, several of which were turned into films.[5]

Works[edit]

  • Adam Chasers: 1927
  • The Bellehelen Mine: 1924
  • Black Thunder: 1926
  • Border Vengeance: 1951 (Ghost written by Oscar Friend)
  • Cabin Fever: 1918
  • Casey Ryan: 1921
  • Chip of the Flying U: 1906
  • Cow Country: 1921
  • Dark Horse: 1931
  • Desert Brew: 1925
  • The Dry Ridge Gang: 1935
  • The Eagle's Wing: 1924
  • The Family Failing: 1941
  • Five Furies of Leaning Ladder: 1936
  • Flying U Ranch: 1914
  • The Flying U Strikes: 1933
  • The Flying U's Last Stand: 1915
  • Fool's Goal: 1930
  • Good Indian: 1912
  • The Gringos: 1913
  • The Happy Family: 1910
  • The Haunted Hills: 1934
  • Hay Wire: 1928
  • Her Prairie Knight: 1909
  • The Heritage of the Sioux: 1916
  • Jean Of The Lazy ‘A’: 1915
  • Laughing Water: 1932
  • Lonesome Land: 1912
  • The Lonesome Trail: 1904
  • The Long Loop: 1931
  • The Long Shadow: 1909
  • The Lookout Man: 1917
  • The Lure of the Dim Trails: 1907
  • Man on Horseback: 1940
  • Meadowlark Basin: 1925
  • The North Wind Do Blow: 1937
  • Open Land: 1933
  • Outlaw Moon: 1952 (Ghost written by Oscar Friend)
  • The Parowan Bonanza: 1923
  • The Phantom Herd: 1916
  • Pirates of the Range: 1937
  • Points West: 1928
  • The Quirt: 1920
  • The Ranch at the Wolverine: 1914
  • The Range Dwellers: 1906
  • Rim O' the World: 1919
  • Rocking Arrow: 1932
  • Rodeo: 1928
  • Rowdy of the Cross L: 1907
  • Shadow Mountain: 1936
  • The Singing Hill: 1939
  • Sky Rider: 1918
  • Spirit of the Range: 1940
  • Starr of the Desert: 1917
  • A Starry Night: 1939
  • The Swallowfork Bulls: 1929
  • Sweet Grass: 1940
  • The Thunder Bird: 1919
  • Tiger Eye: 1930
  • The Trail of the White Mule: 1922
  • Trails Meet: 1933
  • Trouble Rides the Wind: 1935
  • The Uphill Climb: 1913
  • Van Patten: 1926
  • The Voice at Johnny Water: 1923
  • White Wolves: 1927
  • The Whoop-Up Trail: 1933
  • The Wind Blows West: 1938

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: B. M. Bower". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ William A. Bloodworth Jr., 1981, "Mulford and Bower: Myth and History in the Early Western," Great Plains Quarterly 1(2): 95-104.http://scholar.google.co.kr/scholar?hl=en&q=clarence+mulford&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp= abstract; accessed 2013.11.21.
  3. ^ American women: the official who's who, 1935.
  4. ^ a b William Bloodworth, "Bower, B(ertha nee) M(uzzy), in Twentieth Century Western Writers, edited by Geoff Sadler. Chicago and London, St. James Press, 1991, ISBN 0-912289-98-8 (pp.73-5)
  5. ^ Current biography: who's news and why, 1940

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