chapter  50
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J. (John) Keith Winter, Other Man’s Saucer

First published in the United Kingdom in 1930 by William Heinemann, Other Man’s Saucer (Doubleday Doran, 1930) takes its title from the habit of cigarette smokers who deposit their ashes in another man’s saucer. One reviewer suggested that the title was a sign of the author’s “desperate originality,” but it seems more deliberate obfuscation in that the point is far from obvious. It would appear to emphasize nothing more than the selfishness of the leading character, Shaw Latimer, who accepts but never returns a friendship.