05/11/2011 03:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 11, 2011

Mary Shelley's Hair Displayed For New York Public Library Centennial Exhibition

In preparation for Celebrating 100 Years, the New York Public Library’s centennial exhibition, the curators at the library came upon some unexpected bounty in the stacks, a lock of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley’s hair. Macabre as it seems, bestowing locks of hair on friends, family members, and lovers was common practice in the 19th century, and locks of hair from many renowned writers accompany the NYPL’s vast collections of manuscripts, notebooks, and letters.