The choir of the just

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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Published in May 2012 no. 341
Geoffrey Cains

Geoffrey Cains

Geoffrey Cains is the sponsor of the National Biography Award and the associated NBA Lecture. He is currently studying at Monash University for the degree of PhD in the area of suppression of Australian literature.

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