Is Trollope the Originator of the “Dear John” Letter?

On WeAretheMighty.com, Eric Milzarski postulates that Anthony Trollope may be the originator of the “Dear John” letter.

When, exactly, troops started using [“Dear John”] to refer to an actual letter is lost to time, but it’s been used as a popular saying as far back as 1944 in the St. Petersburg Times. However, the phrase originated many years prior, and was used extensively in Anthony Trollope’s 1864 novel, Can You Forgive Her?

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Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Douglas Gerlach

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