"The Full Matilda" by David Haynes

Photographs from the collection of SMU's DeGolyer Library.


David Haynes (click for high-resolution version)

David is a "High Profile" subject in the Sunday, April 10, Dallas Morning News. Read more.

He also shared his five survival necessities with The Rake's "Desert Island Duffel."

David's summer appearance schedule


"Refreshingly unconventional saga of an African-American family and its brightest ornament." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Matilda Housewright possesses one of the most memorable, provocative and maddening voices in recent American fiction." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Full Matilda is an elegant and bittersweet novel." -- Texas Monthly

"Lucky readers of The Full Matilda should be prepared to put their lives on hold until the last page is turned." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Experience the full Matilda, the powerful behind-the-scenes African-American matriarch who guides her family through a century of racial progress in a compelling story of proud service, hope and the ultimate American dream. The Full Matilda follows six generations of the Housewrights as they evolve from in-service to one of Washington’s most powerful political families into their own realm of power.

The Housewright Family Legacy

Matilda's Maxim

"Do you sit in judgment of my father and those like him? Do you flush with a thrill of shame at the thought of some woman in your family history who spent her life on her knees with a brush and a bucket of soapy water? Some Josephine? Some Maria? Some Colleen? Where did you imagine it came from, this world we have today? What did you figure it cost? Did you figure? We did what there was to do. It's important that you understand that."

Author David Haynes is director of creative writing and associate professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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