After surviving a disfiguring bout of cancer,
Many people first came to know Ebert on the nationally syndicated television show “Sneak Previews,” in which he and
Yet through it all, Ebert wrote. He published more than a dozen books in his lifetime (as well as the screenplay for the
"The Great Movies": A collection of Eberts' reviews of films he loved. The most recent edition, "The Great Movies III," was published in 2011.
"Awake in the Dark," 2008: A collection of reviews, interviews and essays selected from his four decades of film criticism.
"Your Movie Sucks," 2007, and "I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie," 2000. Both are collections of Ebert's reviews of movies he did not like. At all. Because of the publication date, some more recent films he found wanting -- "Sex and the City II",
"Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook," 1988: An affectionate portrait of the French film festival and the city that hosts it, illustrated with Ebert's line drawings. The drawings "indicate why he is a writer by profession," quipped the L.A. Times' own film critic, now retired,
"Scorsese by Ebert," 2009: Ebert wrote the first film review of
"Life Itself: A Memoir," 2011: A candid personal history, written after he became ill. A sample: "I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out."