W. R. Titterton
William Richard Titterton (1876–1963) was a British journalist, writer and poet now remembered as the friend and first biographer of G. K. Chesterton. Titterton and Chesterton met on the London Daily News.
In his younger days, he wrote copiously for A. R. Orage's The New Age. He was the model for some of Jacob Epstein's nude sculptures; he modelled too for George Grey Barnard, for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania courthouse.
The Weekly and the League
There were financial problems, and embarrassment caused by Titterton's commissioning of articles on H. G. Wells by the lesser writer Edwin Pugh; Pugh's articles had a hostile edge and Chesterton had to pacify Wells. His position on the Weekly came to an end in 1928, when he was replaced by Edward Macdonald, in a temporarily acrimonious situation, leading to the separation of the Weekly and the League.
- River Music and other poems (1900)
- Love Poems (New Age Press, c 1908)
- An Afternoon Tea Philosophy (1910)
- The Drifters (1910)
- Me As A Model (1914)
- London Scenes (1918)
- Guns and Guitars (1918) poems
- Drinking Songs and other songs (1928)
- A Candle to the Stars (1932) interviews
- G. K. Chesterton: A Portrait (1936) biography, Online text (PDF)
- Poems for the Forces (1943)
- London Pride (1944)
- So this is Shaw (1945) biography
- Poems: A Backward Glance (1959)
- Titterton, G. K. Chesterton, p.75.
- New York Times, 20 December 1914
- Maisie Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton (2005 edition), p. 365.
- Joseph Pearce, Wisdom and Innocence (1996), p. 358.
- Alzina Stone Dale, The Outline of Sanity: A Biography of G. K. Chesterton (2005), p. 267.
- Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts (1999), p. 190.