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Franklin's work as a writer also picked up steam. In 1731 he published  Poor Richard's  Almanack,  writing most of it himself. It soon became the most popular almanac in  America, selling over 10,000 copies annually. All across the colonies, people read and  repeated the famous sayings of Poor Richard, the almanac's simple-minded, homespun  fictional narrator. While Poor Richard succeeded spectacularly, Franklin's repeated  attempts to establish a German language newspaper failed, as did his plans for a  magazine. While trying better society, Franklin also tried to better himself. As he would later  describe in his  Autobiography,  he listed thirteen useful "virtues" such as Temperance  and Charity and spent a week concentrating on each. He recognized that he would  never be perfect, but concluded, "I was by the Endeavour made a better and happier  Man than I otherwise should have been." He recommended the technique to others, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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