Hunter Smith
Carol Houck Smith dies at 85; editor worked with distinguished poets, authors

Carol Houck Smith, who edited generations of the nation's most distinguished poets and authors, died Nov. 28 or 29 at her home in New York. She was 85. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death, her legal executor said. Smith spent her entire 60-year publishing career at W.W. Norton & Co., starting as a secretary and working her way up to vice president. She edited three U.S. poets laureate: Rita Dove, Stanley Kunitz and Maxine Kumin. She edited three National Book Award-winning books, by Kunitz, Andrea Barrett and Gerald Stern as well as multiple finalists. She edited the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Different Hours" by Stephen Dunn (2000) and three...