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#!/usr/bin/env python2
"""Script to download texts of a certain author from Project Gutenberg."""
from __future__ import absolute_import
from __future__ import print_function
from gutenberg.textsource import GutenbergEbooks
from gutenberg.corpus import SqliteCorpus
import logging
import re
import shutil
import sys
import tempfile
def download_texts(author):
"""This function demonstrates how the gutenberg library can be used to
download some texts to the current directory.
corpus = SqliteCorpus(GutenbergEbooks(), tempfile.mkdtemp())
text_generator = corpus.texts_for_author(author)
filename = lambda text_info: re.sub(r'\W', '-', text_info.title) + '.txt'
for text_info, fulltext in text_generator:
with open(filename(text_info), 'w') as outfile:
print('downloaded %s' %, file=sys.stderr)
def _main():
"""This function implements the main/script/command-line functionality of
the module and will be called from the `if __name__ == '__main__':` block.
import argparse
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description=__doc__)
group = parser.add_mutually_exclusive_group(required=True)
group.add_argument('--author', help='download works by this author')
parser.add_argument('-v', '--verbose', action='count', default=0,
help='increase logging verbosity')
args = parser.parse_args()
logging.basicConfig(level=logging.WARNING - 10 * args.verbose)
if __name__ == '__main__':
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