The Censor’s Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia’s Banned Books
by Nicole Moore
University of Queensland Press, $39.95 pb, 432 pp, 9780702239168
Even at the age of eighty-four it appears that our censors of old possessed a moral clarity that no longer exists. Censorship was carried out by the state as a force of moral purpose, protecting the population from the consequences of reading banned literature: to wit, moral decline and subversion, particularly among the powerless. This was pertinent to children whose innocence entailed a lack of knowledge of moral turpitude and who were seen as particularly vulnerable.