Forbidden books

The books were hidden behind the Greek and Latin classics, and some French theater plays (Racine if I remember correctly) in the mahogany bookshelf. This is where I discovered Maupassant and that 1963 edition of “My Life and Loves” from Frank Harris that I still have.

What prompted the memory was the realization that I had placed that book on the top shelf of my own wall to wall bookshelf, safely out of reach of the kids. Of course, the book would hardly qualify now as a forbidden book -it is from 1926 after all and words can’t compete against video and the internet. Or maybe they are more powerful still?