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". They are taught in Women's and LGBT studies courses, and Bannon has received numerous awards for pioneering lesbian and gay literature.
Bannon had a difficult 27 year long marriage, and upon getting divorced, around the same time that her books were republished and she learnt for the first time of their widespread impact, she suffered for a period of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). She connects her illness to having repressed herself for so long - "You've got to think that it's connected, somehow. At the time I denied it fiercely, but I really think I beat myself up horribly, in ways I'll never know."