[UCP Books]: Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert, Second Edition

Praise for the First Edition

“A meaty and comprehensive collection . . . of impassioned film writing. . . . Ebert expands our
knowledge of human nature through his incisive analysis of the twentieth century’s (arguably)
primary form of artistic expression, of its evolution and its lure.”
—Tara Ison,
Los Angeles Times

“As film criticism becomes more marginalized, Ebert may come to be seen as the last of a kind—
the critic who actually has the power to influence a national audience.”


“Always alert to trends and defending film as an art form, Ebert never fails to connect with his

—Library Journal



Awake in the Dark
The Best of Roger Ebert
Second Edition
With a Foreword by David Bordwell


Domestic Publication Date: 7 April 2017 International Publication Date: 8 May 2017
544 pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-46086-4 | Paper $20.00/₤15.00

On April 7, 1967, Roger Ebert published his first professional film review in the Chicago Sun-Times. With the characteristic wit that would become a hallmark of his work, he described the leading ladies of Georges Lautner’s French New Wave Galia as “liberated, carefree, jolly, and doomed.” Thankfully, Ebert’s readers are far from doomed. Publishing fifty years to the day after Ebert’s first review, this expanded collection of his very best reviews, interviews, essays, and top ten lists celebrates the wide knowledge, keen judgment, prodigious energy, and sharp sense of humor that made Ebert America’s most renowned and beloved film critic. From his Pulitzer Prize to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, from his astonishing output of daily reviews to his pioneering work on television with Gene Siskel, his was a career in cinema criticism without peer.


Roger Ebert (1942–2013) was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than forty years. In 1975 he became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of numerous books on film including Scorsese by Ebert, The Great Movies III and IV, and Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook, all published by the University of Chicago Press, as well as a memoir, Life Itself.


Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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