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She grew up in nearby Hinsdale with her mother and stepfather, and had the responsibility of taking care of four siblings due to the family's financial problems.The majority of her characters mirrored people she knew, but their stories reflected a life she did not feel she was able to live.Despite her traditional upbringing and role in married life, her novels defied conventions for romance stories and depictions of lesbians by addressing complex homosexual relationships.Her books shaped lesbian identity for lesbians and heterosexuals alike, but Bannon was mostly unaware of their impact. Later, she earned a doctorate in linguistics and became an academic.She endured a difficult marriage for 27 years and, as she separated from her husband in the 1980s, her books were republished; she was stunned to learn of their influence on society.She took comfort in a vibrant imaginary life during this time and found solace in writing.
Growing up, she was surrounded by music, particularly jazz, as her family hosted small recitals for friends and neighbors.
One became a character in her books: a perennial bachelor named Jack who slung jokes and witticisms at the audiences.
Ann Bannon (pseudonym of Ann Weldy, born September 15, 1932) is an American author who, from 1957 to 1962, wrote six lesbian pulp fiction novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles.
The books' enduring popularity and impact on lesbian identity has earned her the title "Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction".
Bannon was a young housewife trying to address her own issues of sexuality when she was inspired to write her first novel.
Her subsequent books featured four characters who reappeared throughout the series, including her eponymous heroine, Beebo Brinker, who came to embody the archetype of a butch lesbian.