Controversial writer Jonah Lehrer gets new book deal


Bestselling pop-science author Jonah Lehrer, who had two books pulled after his writing was criticized for recycling material and fabricating quotes, has landed a new book deal.

Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp announced that Lehrer, who resigned from The New Yorker last year amidst the controversy surrounding his published work, is writing a "meditation on and exploration of love through different prisms -- psychological, scientific, historical, literary."

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No publication date for the new book, which has the working title The Book of Love, has been set.

The 31-year-old Lehrer had penned three previous titles for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Proust Was a Neuroscientist (2007), How We Decide (2009), and Imagine: How Creativity Works (2012). Lehrer acknowledged last year making up and distorting Bob Dylan quotes in Imagine. Houghton also stopped publishing How We Decide, saying there were "significant problems" with the book.

Karp said that Simon & Schuster acquired Lehrer's new project because he is "an unusually talented writer with a distinctive approach to a subject with enormous appeal. In fact, it's arguably the subject with the greatest appeal in history."

-With files from The Associated Press

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