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An R Package for Jane Austen’s Complete Novels

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

(from Mr. Tilney in Northanger Abbey)

This package provides access to the full texts of Jane Austen’s 6 completed, published novels. The UTF-8 plain text for each novel was sourced from Project Gutenberg, processed a bit, and is ready for text analysis. Each text is in a character vector with elements of about 70 characters. The package contains:

There is also a function austen_books() that returns a tidy data frame of all 6 novels.

Users should be aware that there are some differences in usage between the novels as made available by Project Gutenberg. For example, “anything” vs. “any thing”, “Mr” vs. “Mr.”, and using underscores vs. all caps to indicate italics/emphasis.


To install the package type the following:


Or you can install the development version from Github:


How to Use This Package

For some ideas on getting started with analyzing these texts, see my blog post on sentiment analysis of Austen’s novels. For help within R, try ?persuasion or similar for getting started with the data sets.

This project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.