Leading Journalist And Author Resigns After Faking Bob Dylan Quotes

31 July 2012

A staff writer for The New Yorker magazine has resigned in disgrace after the admission that he'd invented quote by the singer and song writer Bob Dylan, published in a best-selling book.

According to Nation, Jonah Lehrer released a statement Monday through his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saying that some of the Dylan quotes appearing in his book 'Imagine: How Creativity Works' did "not exist." Others found in the book were "unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes."

Lehrer said he acknowledged his actions after being contacted by Michael Moynihan of the online publication Tablet Magazine, which earlier Monday published a story on the Bob Dylan passages of 'Imagine'.

Leherer wrote in his statement: "I told Mr. Moynihan that they (the quotes in question) were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan's representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic. When Mr. Moynihan followed up, I continued to lie, and say things I should not have said," adding: "The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers."

Listings for the e-book edition of "Imagine" will be removed, with shipments of the book also being halted.

The book previously sold more than 200,000 copies, and has spent 16 weeks on The New York Times hardcover non-fiction best-seller list, with it being 105th on Amazon.com's rankings for non-fiction hardbacks as of midday Monday.

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