David Winner

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Dorle Speaks

I found love letter after love letter to Dorle, but very little in her voice until I discovered the romances she published in romance magazines in the nineteen teens when she (born in nineteen hundred) was in her teens herself. They were called “Master Lovers of the World” and based (very loosely) on the lives […]

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A Dear John from John

I had read all 200 odd letters from John to Dorle without getting a real sense of when their relationship ended, but then I ran across this undated letter that I had somehow missed before. Maybe Dorle had kept it in a different place in her apartment. Dear Dorle: I shall probably not see you […]

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Two Dollar Bills

I had thought that Dorle and Bill Barker, her British policeman lover, were only together on a boat from Trieste to Jaiffa in Palestine where Barker was stationed, but another undated letter revealed that they were in Paris with each other in November of 1936. Dorle had given Bill two American dollars to “adjust some […]

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A Marvelous Woman

It’s hard to get the chronology straight, but we know of at least one more shipboard romance of Dorle’s. This one was with Bill Barker, a British Police officer in Palestine during the late thirties who she met on a boat from Trieste to Jaiffa. She was on her way on her way, I assume, […]

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Dorle in Syria

In 1936, Dorle sailed across the Atlantic for an extended European tour with the Philharmonic and took some side trips of her own. “Don’t go up by the funnels with anybody by starlight,” John jealously warned her. “Otherwise you can, of course, do as you please—you will, anyway! Have some champagne cocktails for me and […]