Nabokov nearly invents the smiley

In response to the question from the New York Times – ‘How do you rank yourself among writers (living) and of the immediate past?’
Nabokov replies – ‘I often think there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile – some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket, which I would now like to trace in reply to your question.’
VN would probably have been both delighted at the procession of marks that make up the smiley :-) and dismayed at its overuse.

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