This book includes a critical introduction by C.G. Compton, a critical introduction by Henry Harland and a Frontispiece and numerous other portraits with descriptive notes by Octave Uzanne. "Romance of a Poor Young Man" is a fairytale wholly and absolutely. The personages of the story are the invariable personages of the fairytale: the prince disguised as the woodcutter, in the Marquis de Champcey disguised as a farm-bailiff; the haughty princess, who will not love, yet loves despite her will, and is rewarded by the woodcutter's appearing in all the prince's splendor at the proper time, in Marguerite Laroque; the bad prince and the bad princess; the good magician; and the most delightful of conceivable fairy godmothers. The progress of the story is that of the traditional fairytale, told in the witty manner and style of Feuillet.