The wikisourcer R package helps you download public domain works from the free library Wikisource.

It includes two functions for downloading books and pages by url.

Minimal examples

Download Voltaire’s philosophical novel Candide.

library(wikisourcer)

wikisource_book(url = "https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Candide")

Download Chapter 1 of Candide.

wikisource_page(wikiurl = "https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Candide/Chapter_1", 
                page = "Chapter 1")

Download Candide in French, Spanish and Italian.

For more information on how to use wikisourcer, please read the vignette.