The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890),by James Abbot McNeill Whistler
How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man (1970),by Zsa Zsa Gabor
Two masters of their respective Arts. Whistler you may know as the painter of "Arrangement in Grey and Black" -- or, as it is more commonly known, "Whistler's Mother." Zsa Zsa, I trust, needs no introduction, despite her not being the Gabor sister from Green Acres (that was Eva).
Whistler, a verbal sparring partner of Oscar Wilde, was a witty egomaniac, misanthrope, and, incidentally, one of the nineteenth century's most successful painters, whose success only increased his inborn sense of superiority and isolation.
(From Alfred Werner's introduction to Whistler's book:)
If Whistler liked too few men, Zsa Zsa Gabor liked too many. (Eight husbands is excessive even for a Gabor.) And although I have to give Zsa Zsa extra points for printing her book on pink paper, the truth is that she is an expert on only two-thirds of her book's subject; keeping a man doesn't seem to be one of her strengths. And she never really explains how to get rid of a man. She does give instructions for catching a man, but most of it pretty much boils down to strategies such as the following:
It's that kind of thinking that got Zsa Zsa into and out of eight marriages. "Personally, I am like Will Rogers." she writes. "I never married a man I didn't like."
Personally, I never knew Will Rogers married any men. Maybe he'd have changed his famous saying if he'd met Zsa Zsa. Or -- God forbid -- married her.