A Catalan writer born in Barcelona in 1894 into an aristocratic family, Sagarra studied law and entered a career in the diplomatic service, which he gave up to dedicate himself to literature.
His poetry alternately exhibits intimacy – in books such as Primer llibre de poemes (1914), Cançons de rem i vela (1923) and Cançons de totes les hores (1925) – or employs great verve in telling mythic tales such as El mal caçador (1916), El comte Arnau (1928) and El poema de Montserrat (1956). Sagarra’s most notable plays include L´hostal de la Glòria (1931), El café de la Marina (1933), L´hereu i la forastera (1949). En prosa escribió El prestigi dels morts (1946), Ocells i llops (1948) and Vida privada (1932).
He also published his memoirs in 1954. His poetry has inspired works by musicians such as Lluís Llach, Ramón Muntaner, Ovidi Montllor, Joan Manuel Serrat and Celdoni Fonoll. Sagarra died on Sept. 27, 1961.