The choir of the just

Reviewed by
May 2012, no. 341

The choir of the just

Reviewed by
May 2012, no. 341

Geoffrey Cains

 

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.

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