Fundamentals of Literature Student Text (2nd ed.) conveys the literature's foundational elements of conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure and tone. Students are also introduced to literary criticism and are encouraged to read and analyze literature in light of a Christian worldview. The literature selections are delivered in an attractive new format accompanied by rich illustrations, author biographies, and application questions that promote critical thinking skills.
The second edition has a revised table of contents, with the fourth and fifth units (point of view and structure) being swapped. Many stories have been retained, but there are a number of changes, including a notable removal of a Sherlock Holmes story and inclusion of a passage fron Don Quixote. But the main differences are in the rewritten unit introductions and the new "Thinking Zones," which usually develop a concept being introduced in the unit. These are very helpful and have no parallel in the first edition. While the questions are not completely (or even mostly) changed, they do seem to ask for more critical thinking and often better apply to the subject of the unit.