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'A history of book censorship in Australia - what we couldn't read, didn't read, didn't know, and why we didn't.

'For much of the twentieth century, Australia banned more books and more serious books than most other English-speaking or Western countries, from the Kama Sutra through to Huxley's Brave New World and Joyce's Ulysses.

'The Censor's Library is the first comprehensive examination of Australian book censorship, based around the author's discovery of the secret 'censor's library' in the National Archive - 793 boxes of banned books, prohibited from the 1920s to the 1980s.

'As it has for much of Australia's history, censorship continues to attract heated debate, from the Henson affair to the national internet feed. But federal publications censorship has been a largely secret affair for most of the century, deliberately kept from the knowledge of the public.

'The Censor's Library is a provocative account of this scandalous history. Combining scholarship with the narrative tension of a thriller, Nicole Moore exposes the secret history of censorship in Australia.'

Source: Penguin website, http://www.penguin.com.au/
Sighted: 28/11/2011

Notes

  • Launched by Angela Woollacott at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, Australian Capital Territory, 27 March 2012.
  • See the AustLit supported Banned in Australia project, which underpinned some of the research for this work.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2012 .
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      Alternative title: The Censor's Library : Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books
      Extent: xv, 414p., [32]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus. (some col.) facsims, ports
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: February 2012.
      • Includes bibliographical references and index.
      ISBN: 9780702239168 (pbk.), 780702247736 (Kindle), 9780702247712 (PDF), 780702247729 (ePub)

Works about this Work

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— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 7 no. 1 2014;

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Review : The Censor's Library : Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books. Jim Davidson , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 38 no. 2 2014; (p. 247-249)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Untitled Victoria Genevieve Reeve , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 3 2012;

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Untitled Maryanne Dever , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 99-102)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Too Stiff for Sex : A History of Our Moral Gatekeepers Jack Marx , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 June 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Untitled David Dunstan , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2011/12 vol. 91 no. 6 2011; (p. 34)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
The Seamy Side of the Curtain Jack Waterford , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 March 2012; (p. 31)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Contains Adult Themes Craig Munro , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 17 March 2012; (p. 26) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 March 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Non Fiction Ian Barry , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 - 25 March 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
Society : The Censor's Library Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 1 April 2012; (p. 19)

— Review of The Censor's Library Nicole Moore , 2012 single work criticism
In Days of Old When Books Were Bold and Censors Weren't Contented Debra Jopson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 March 2012; (p. 7)
Sex and the City : New Novels by Women and Middlebrow Culture at Mid-Century Susan Sheridan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October-November vol. 27 no. 3/4 2012; (p. 1-12)
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