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B M Bower


(Bertha Muzzy Sinclair)
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Bertha Muzzy Sinclair or Sinclair-Cowan, née Muzzy, 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. 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.

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. Bower's 1912 novel Lonesome Land was praised in The Bookman magazine for its characterization. She wrote 57 Western novels, several of which were turned into films.

Genres: Western
 
Novels
   The Range Dwellers (1906)
   The Lure of the Dim Trails (1907)
   Rowdy of the Cross L (1907)
   Her Prairie Knight (1907)
   The Long Shadow (1909)
   Good Indian (1912)
   Lonesome Land (1912)
   The Uphill Climb (1913)
   The Ranch At the Wolverine (1914)
   Jean Of the Lazy (1915)
   The Heritage of the Sioux (1916)
   The Phantom Herd (1916)
   The Lookout Man (1917)
   Starr of the Desert (1917)
   Cabin Fever (1918)
   Skyrider (1918)
   Rim o' the world (1919)
   The Thunder Bird (1919)
   The Quirt (1920)
   Cow Country (1921)
   Casey Ryan (1921)
   The Trail of the White Mule (1922)
   The Parowan bonanza (1923)
   The Voice At Johnnywater (1923)
   The Bellehelen Mine (1924)
   The Eagle's Wing (1924)
   The Gringos (1924)
   Desert Brew (1925)
   Meadowlark Basin (1925)
   Black Thunder (1926)
   Van Patten (1926)
   The Adam Chasers (1927)
   Hay-wire (1928)
   Points West (1928)
   The Swallowfork Bulls (1929)
   Fool's Goal (1930)
   The Long Loop (1931)
   Rocking Arrow (1932)
   Open Land (1933)
   Trails Meet (1933)
   The Dry Ridge Gang (1935)
   The Shadow Mountain (1936)
   Pirates of the Range (1937)
   The Wind Blows West (1938)
   The Singing Hill (1939)
   Man on Horseback (1940)
   The Spirit of the Range (1940)
   Sweet Grass (1940)
   The Family Failing (1941)
   The Haunted Hills (1942)
   The Whoop-Up Trail (1942)
   Trouble Rides the Wind (1943)
   Rodeo (1944)
   White Wolves (1946)
   Outlaw Moon (1952)
   Border Vengeance (1954)
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Omnibus
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Collections
   The Lonesome Trail (1909)
   Western Award Stories (1951) (with George Appell, S Omar Barker, Tom W Blackburn, Giff Cheshire, Harry Drago, Norman A Fox, Les Savage, Jr. and James Stevens)
   The Terror (2003)
   The Wild 'West' Bunch (2018) (with Bill C Cannon, J W Collins, Carl Dane, Zane Grey and Bret Harte)
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