Corrine, or Italy – Madame de Stael (1807)
If you can’t get the man of your dreams, let him marry your half sister. Before dying of a broken heart, teach your half sister all your tricks so he’ll never be able to forget you.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly (1818)
Some people shouldn’t have children.
Sarrasine – Honoré de Balzac (1830)
Falling in love with lady-boys can be bad for your health. No really, you could get stabbed.
Adam Bede – George Eliot (1859)
Women can only be taken seriously when they are speaking through divine possession. Also, don’t bury your baby in the woods.
The Bostonians – Henry James (1885)
If you want to be a successful feminist, be an attractive one.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (1891)
Narcissism is really good for your complexion. Although, side effects may cause psychotic episodes so remember to drink and party a lot to compensate.
The Open Boat – Stephen Crane (1897)
If you are stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere, make sure you pick good company.