Albert Schweitzer
Conor Cruise O'Brien dies at 91; Irish author became a prominent diplomat

Conor Cruise O'Brien, a leading Irish author, politician and diplomat who rose to international prominence while leading a United Nations mission in the troubled Congo and remained an independent, often contrarian thinker amid religious strife of his own homeland, died Thursday at his home near Dublin. He was 91. No immediate cause of death was reported, but he had a mild stroke 10 years ago. O'Brien came from a family with a notable literary and political pedigree. Characters in the works of Irish writer James Joyce were based on several of his family members, including his mother. O'Brien was a dramatist, newspaper editor and prolific contributor to the Atlantic, the New...