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WEST BARNET, VT.» Late singer and song­writer War­ren Zevon’s he­roes were writ­ers and clas­si­cal mu­si­cians. That’s clear by the “Were­wolves of Lon­don” singer’s large and eclec­tic li­brary of books now for sale.

The col­lec­tion of nearly 1,000 books in­cludes copies signed by au­thors with per­sonal notes to Zevon.

Among the books are col­lec­tions of W. Som­er­set Maugham and Gra­ham Greene nov­els as well as de­tec­tive fic­tion. Some are by friends such as Hunter S. Thomp­son, Carl Hi­aasen or Stephen King, who ded­i­cated a book to Zevon after his death.

Oth­ers books con­tain items within their pages from the mu­si­cian’s life, like a fax from a record com­pany or a restau­rant re­ceipt.

“What he did was he used the books kind of like a fil­ing sys­tem,” said Zevon’s ex-wife, Crys­tal Zevon, who along with their daugh­ter Ariel Zevon is sell­ing the books to raise money for a re­treat and com­mu­nity cen­ter they have started in Ver­mont. Zevon’s books are now be­ing cat­a­logued and will grad­u­ally be sold on­line on eBay.

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