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Ursula DeYoung

Instructor Consultant

About Ursula

I have a background in both history and literature. I earned my BA in History and Literature from Harvard and a PhD in History from Oxford. My first published book was a biography of 19th-century physicist John Tyndall, entitled A VISION OF MODERN SCIENCE (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). My first novel, SHORECLIFF (Little, Brown, 2013), tells the story of a large family in 1928, gathering in Maine for the summer. In 2017, I founded the literary journal EMBARK, which features the openings of unpublished novels.


  • Copyediting
  • Non-Fiction
  • Novel

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Ursula's Works

  • A Vision of Modern Science

    An examination of a pivotal moment in the history of science through the career and cultural impact of the historically neglected Victorian physicist John Tyndall, establishing him as an important figure of the period, whose scientific discoveries and philosophy of science in society are still relevant today.

    Type: Book

  • Shorecliff

    A debut novel about a 1920s New England family and the secrets revealed when they reunite over one long summer. Spending the summer of 1928 in a big house on the Maine coast with his ten older cousins and a gaggle of aunts and uncles seems like a dream come true to lonely thirteen-year-old Richard. But as he wanders through the bustling house, he witnesses scenes and conversations not meant for him, and watches as the family he adores disintegrates into a tangle of lust, jealousy, and betrayal. At first only an avid spectator, Richard soon finds himself drawn into the confusion, battling with his first experience of infatuation and forced to cover for his relatives' romantic intrigues. Through Richard's eyes, SHORECLIFF examines the bonds of loyalty and rivalry that can both knit a family together and drive it apart.

    Type: Book