Coping: Still Here

A leading editor describes her rebound from stunning woes

Think back. Was that Betsy Carter's name you saw in the gossip columns in 1986? That was the year that Carter, the former editorial director of Esquire, launched New York Woman, an edgy, sophisticated magazine for urban women. For Carter--accomplished, energetic, at center stage of the Manhattan magazine world--those must have been exciting, happy times, right? Wrong. While her career flourished, Carter's private life was rocked by a sequence of injury, illness, divorce and other disasters so relentless and extensive that it would be almost laughable if it hadn't been so painful. Carter, 57, now the editor in chief of My...

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