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Fabrications acknowledged, a bestseller is withdrawn

The Harvard Book Store in Cambridge had sold well over a hundred copies of Jonah Lehrer’s nonfiction bestseller “Imagine: How Creativity Works.” But on Tuesday, the remaining six copies of Lehrer’s book were pulled from store shelves at the direction of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the book’s Boston-based publisher, since the book will no longer be sold.

The unusual move ­— prompted by Lehrer’s admission Monday to having fabricated quotes he attributed in the book to Bob Dylan — surprised many book-trade veterans, who have seen other well-publicized scandals roil the publishing industry in recent years.

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