NET FIRSTS #2: VLADIMIR NABOKOV INVENTS THE SMILEY EMOTICON

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“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.”- April 19, 1969

The Nabokov “Smiley Face” invention (as cited above) was a response to this question, posed to him by Alden Whitman in an interview that was published in The New York Times:

“How do you rank yourself among writers (living) and of the immediate past?”

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