Swell Foop

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Swell Foop
Swell Foop cover.jpg
Author Piers Anthony
Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet
Carol Russo Design
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
October 2001
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 292 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-312-86906-1 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 47136701
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3551.N73 S86 2001
Preceded by The Dastard
Followed by Up In A Heaval

Swell Foop is fantasy novel by British-American writer Piers Anthony, the twenty-fifth book of the Xanth series.[1]

The title is taken from a spoonerism for the Shakespearean phrase "one fell swoop," famously (but not first)[2] spoken by the tongue-twisted Peter Sellers character in the 1964 movie The Pink Panther.

Plot summary[edit]

Cynthia Centaur and her companions must find the Six Rings of Xanth (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Void, and the Idea) in order to find the Swell Foop and use it to rescue the Demon E(A/R)th from the thrall of the Demoness Fornax.


  • Cynthia Centaur
  • Che Centaur
  • Sim
  • Jaylin
  • The Demons FO(R\N)ax, JU(P/I)ter, M(A/R)s, V(E\N)us, E(A/R)th and ME(R/C)ury
  • Justin Tree
  • Breanna


  1. ^ Janet Husband; Jonathan F. Husband (2009). Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series. American Library Association. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-8389-0967-6. 
  2. ^ Tom Dalzell, ed. (2009). The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English. Taylor & Francis. p. 715. ISBN 9780415371827. Retrieved 24 February 2014. one swell foop noun Used as a humorous reversal of "one fell swoop" US, 1900 

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