Review of The Censor's Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books, by Nicole Moore

In The Censor's Library Nicole Moore has delivered so much more than a study of Australia's literary censorship regimes; she offers a sophisticated account ofthe national culture glimpsed through the lens ofwhat successive generations of Australian readers were actively prevented from consuming. In this sense, Moore has produced a fascinating 'lost' or shadow history of what did not get to be a part of Australian culture. She describes the reference library of banned books collected by the Australian censors - its existence long denied and now part of the National Archives of Australia - as a 'negative library', one built with the ironic intent ofpreventing books from circulating.

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Published 1 June 2012 in Volume 27 No. 2. Subjects: Censorship.

Cite as: Dever, Maryanne. ‘Review of The Censor's Library: Uncovering the Lost History of Australia's Banned Books, by Nicole Moore.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 27, no. 2, 2012. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.d04e61be99.