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==Life==
 
==Life==
Finlay was born in Ozark, Dale co., [[Alabama]], at the home of his maternal grandmother. 1 of 5 children of Jean (Sorrell) and Tom Coston Finlay, he grew up on his family's peanut farm near Enterprise, Coffee co., Alabama. As a child he named the family cows after Greek gods and recited [[Shakespeare]] to them.<ref name=jfinlayea/>
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Finlay was born at the Ozark, Dale co., [[Alabama]], home of his maternal grandmother, to Jean (Sorrell) and Tom Coston Finlay. He grew up one of 5 children on his family's peanut farm near Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama. As a child he named the family cows after Greek gods and recited [[Shakespeare]] to them.<ref name=jfinlayea/>
   
 
He was educated at the [[University of Alabama]], earning a [[Bachelor of Arts|B.A.]] in 1964 and an [[Master of Arts (postgraduate)|M.A.]] in English in 1966. He then taught for 4 years at the University of Montevallo. In 1970 he entered [[Louisiana State University]] in pursuit of a [[Doctor of Philosophy|Ph.D.]], which he earned in 1980. In the latter year, he also became a Roman Catholic.<ref name=jfinlayea/>
 
He was educated at the [[University of Alabama]], earning a [[Bachelor of Arts|B.A.]] in 1964 and an [[Master of Arts (postgraduate)|M.A.]] in English in 1966. He then taught for 4 years at the University of Montevallo. In 1970 he entered [[Louisiana State University]] in pursuit of a [[Doctor of Philosophy|Ph.D.]], which he earned in 1980. In the latter year, he also became a Roman Catholic.<ref name=jfinlayea/>
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