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Restricted books

11 September 2023

Not so long ago, JD Salinger's coming-of-age story Catcher in the Rye was a banned book, along with classics like Ulysses and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

State Library Victoria holds a cache of supposedly subversive and dangerous books which were marked with special stars on the spine, and kept hidden away 'from prying hands and curious minds' as former Principal Librarian, History of the Book and Arts, Des Cowley explains.

In this film, Des lifts the curtain on these restricted texts, many of which contain the word 'sex' in the title and some of which have been displayed in our exhibitions, such as the World of the Book exhibition.

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